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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-01233: Richard Lochhead (Moray)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 6 July 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how many countries have an interest in the coastal states fisheries negotiations; what stocks are involved; what vessels registered in Scotland are involved, and what the estimated commercial value is of each quota.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 14 July 2016

Five parties have a direct interest in coastal states negotiations: the EU group (comprising 28 member states), Norway, Faroe Islands, Iceland and the Russian Federation. In addition, other fishing parties such as Greenland regularly attend as observers.

The pure coastal states negotiations agree the management of the main pelagic stocks including mackerel, blue whiting and Atlanto-Scandian herring. The bilateral coastal states negotiations with Norway and with the Faroe Islands agree the management of a significant number of key demersal stocks including cod, haddock, whiting and saithe.

For the pure coastal states negotiations, there are currently 22 active Scottish administered pelagic vessels that are affected. For the bilateral coastal states negotiations, the remaining 1,935 vessels in the Scottish administered fleet are affected in one way or another.

The provisional total value of all landed pelagic quota species in 2015 was £160 million of which mackerel comprised £131 million. The provisional total value of all landed demersal and shellfish quota species in 2015 was £204 million.