The Skye Area Management Agreement (AMA) was signed after 6 months of development work involving the recruitment of an RDO, establishing office and field operations. This was funded through the Scottish Government, The Crown Estate and Highlands and Islands Enterprise who each contributed £20,000 a year to support TWG development work on Skye.
Close negotiations with all the aquaculture companies currently operating in Skye, the Skye District Salmon Fishery Board and The West Highland Fisheries Company Ltd provided the opportunity for all sides to express any concerns in relation to the proposed agreement and to allow trust and consensus to be developed.
Within the Isle of Skye AMA, there will be seven distinct Management Areas. These areas were defined by Fisheries Research Services to manage the outbreak of ISA in 1998, using the tidal excursion model, and are recommended for delineating management areas (SSPO CoGP, 2006).