Date lodged: 8 December 2016
To ask the Scottish Government how many people in (a) Dumfries and Galloway and (b) the rest of Scotland have been (i) prosecuted and (ii) convicted for offences related to electro-fishing in each of the last three years.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 19 December 2016
Marine Scotland Compliance records show that across Scotland, during the years 2014 - 16 inclusive, there were five convictions for offences related to electro fishing. Four of these convictions were in 2016 and the remaining one was in 2015. Of the five convictions, one was in the Dumfries and Galloway region.
Those records also show that there are a further 4 cases related to electro-fishing currently with the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) for consideration of prosecution. Of these cases, three are within the Dumfries and Galloway region.
In addition to this, prosecution of one case was marked for no further proceedings by the COPFS in 2016.