Date lodged: 29 May 2018
To ask the Scottish Government how many scallop dredging vessels operating in Scotland are fitted with vessel monitoring systems.
Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 7 June 2018
The Scottish Sea Fisheries Statistics which can be found at www.gov.scot/publications provide numbers of Scottish registered fishing vessels, by main fishing method (table 2.6).
All fishing vessels that are 12 metres length overall and above are required by law to have a fully functioning Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) fitted. Of these vessels, 16 are also fitted with Remote Electronic Monitoring (REM) systems in terms of the Regulation of Scallop Fishing (Scotland) Order 2017.