Date lodged: 24 January 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it will give when drafting the Inshore Fisheries Bill to (a) international evidence from the north-east Atlantic, suggesting that marine spatial management improves the resilience of inshore fisheries and (b) measures to encourage whitefish recovery in order to diversify Scotland's commercial inshore fisheries.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 1 February 2017
The Scottish Government welcomes and will consider all evidence and representations in developing an Inshore Fisheries Bill. Discussions with a range of key stakeholders will take place ahead of any formal work on a Bill, to help ascertain where improvements to legislation may be considered to ensure healthy, sustainable and profitable fisheries.