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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-12964: Peter Chapman (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 24 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what (a) landing quotas there are and (b) net size regulations and monitoring is in place for the fishing of squid.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 5 December 2017

(a) Squid are not regulated under the EU Total Allowable Catch (TAC) system and there are no quota limits set for this species.

(b) Net sizes are specified in EC Regulation 850/98, known as the Technical Conservation measures, net (or mesh) sizes for the squid fishery range upwards from 32mm depending on the minimum percentage of target species for the individual vessel. The majority of vessels targeting squid will likely be using
32-54mm mesh.

The requirements for monitoring and sanctions for infringements are laid down in the EU Control Regulation (EC) No 1224/2009. Monitoring activities on fisheries that take demersal species include the use of vessel monitoring systems (VMS) on board vessels over 12 m overall length; direct observation by patrol vessels and aerial patrols; inspection of vessels, gear, catches at sea and on shore, and verification of EU logbook data (electronic and paper) against sales documents. All related surveillance activity and physical inspections are carried out on risk based analysis.