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Notice to Vessel Owners/Masters/Charterers/Nominees

The information contained on this web page constitutes a Notice in accordance with Article 3(2)(c)(ii) of The Sea Fishing (Licences and Notices) (Scotland) Regulations 2011, and has the effect of varying the authority and conditions of all licences previously issued by the Scottish Ministers to vessels in membership of the groups indicated.

This means that a relevant entry on this web page may remove or alter any authority a licence recipient may have had to fish for the stocks listed in that relevant entry. Where the authority to fish for a particular species has been removed through this web page, it will be an offence to retain on board, land or trans-ship any quantity of that species of sea fish.

Non-compliance will be subject to enforcement action.

Weekly Licence Variations

Guidance if the UK leaves the EU without a deal - Marine Scotland

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal you need to be aware of new requirements that the EU will apply to all third countries - which will include the UK after exit. Marine Scotland has produced three leaflets to help you understand what you need to do if any of the fish that you catch is exported to the EU, either by yourself or by the agent/processor you sell your catch to. Please click here to access the Marine Scotland web page and download the leaflets.

DEFRA have also recently published information on:

Exporting and importing fish if there’s no Brexit deal. Click here to access the information.

Exporting animals, animal products, fish and fishery products to the EU after EU Exit. Click here to access the information.

Marine Scotland will post these leaflets to all Scottish fishing businesses over the coming week and all Fishery Officers are on standby to take any questions.  Please contact your local office for any assistance.

Weekly Lincence Variations


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There are no variations this week. Please check again next week.







2019 Closures Table: showing the current status of fish stocks following the issue and publication of the above variations (if any).

2019 Quota Limits Tables: showing the quota limits applicable to both 10m and under non-PO and over 10m non-sector vessels. Please note: these tables are for information only and you should always refer to your licence and the variations thereof in the first instance.

To read how Marine Scotland Compliance processes your personal information in line with the Data Protection Act 2018, please see our Privacy Notice.

Inshore Fisheries Pilot: Inner Sound of Skye - A Consultation

The Scottish Government launched the Inshore Fisheries Pilots initiative in 2017 with the aim of exploring alternative approaches to managing inshore fisheries.

Following the outcome of a consultation, further representations were made to the Scottish Government for a pilot in the Inner Sound of Skye. This has resulted in a new proposal which may present unique learning opportunities.

Marine Scotland is consulting on this new pilot proposal, and wants to hear from those likely to be directly or indirectly impacted by the management measures being put forward.

You can respond to the consultation online at https://consult.gov.scot/marine-scotland/inshore-fisheries-pilot-inner-sound-of-skye/. The deadline for responses is Thursday 11 April 2019.