Date lodged: 27 March 2018
To ask the Scottish Government how many of the licences to fish in the razor clam electrofishing trial have been granted to individuals (a) in receipt of Fixed Penalty Notices or (b) who have been convicted for offences relating to electrofishing for razor clams.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 1 May 2018
Applications for the trial were accepted from all UK registered fishing vessels. All applications were considered on an objective basis, as per the published scoring criteria, with safety being of paramount importance. During the sift of applications points were deducted for any fisheries related convictions or Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN), including for electrofishing related offences. Two of the applicants awarded a place on trial had previously received FPNs for electrofishing, one has been convicted of electrofishing related offences, and one has both an FPN and a subsequent conviction. These individuals have paid their Fixed Penalties and there are no outstanding convictions.