Date lodged: 13 May 2016
To ask the Scottish Government whether there has been a significant increase in the number of creels being placed in the South Arran Marine Protected Area following its designation and what proposals it has to regulate any overfishing.
Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 25 May 2016
The South Arran Marine Conservation Order 2015 has in effect created a static gear only fishing area with regard to demersal fisheries. This has caused an increase in creel fishing. There is no evidence of over fishing, and creel fishing has a much lower environmental impact than demersal trawling which it has replaced. Consequently there are no current plans for further regulation. Marine Scotland will continue to monitor the situation.