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S5W-21052: Emma Harper (South Scotland)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 16 January 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans testing fisheries management measures relating to nephrops in inshore fisheries.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 17 January 2019

In June 2018 the Scottish Government announced the outcome of an Inshore Fisheries Pilot consultation. At this time three Inshore Fisheries Pilots were announced.

  • A seasonal restriction on mobile gear fishing near Mull;
  • A restriction on creel numbers in the Outer Hebrides; and
  • Zonal fishing management arrangements in waters off Arbroath and Montrose.

Since then, Marine Scotland officials have worked with local fisherman from the Inner Sound of Skye area, resulting in a revised proposal to test management of the nephrops fisheries in this area.

This proposal has the potential to offer some unique learning opportunities and to help inform our future fisheries strategy. I’m therefore pleased to announce a consultation on this proposal, and encourage all local fishers and stakeholders to respond.

The consultation will be circulated to stakeholders and published on the Scottish Government website later today:

https://consult.gov.scot/marine-scotland/inshore-fisheries-pilot-for-inner-sound-of-skye