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Inshore Fisheries Pilots

The aim of the Inshore Fisheries Pilots initiative is to look at alternative forms of inshore fisheries management. Marine Scotland sought proposals from the commercial fishing industry for sites to be considered for the pilot scheme, with the intention of investigating:

  • a localised approach to fisheries management, where fishing interests will be involved in developing distinct local arrangements; and

  • the consequences of separating different methods of fishing, such as creeling (e.g. static gear and mobile gear) within specified areas.

Application Form / Guidance

Downloadable documents:

Title:Inshore Fisheries Pilots
Description:Information about Marine Scotland's inshore fisheries pilots.
File:Inshore Fisheries Pilot - Application Form [DOCX, 35.9 kb: 09 Oct 2017]
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File:Inshore Fisheries Pilot - Application Form - Guidance [DOCX, 41.8 kb: 09 Oct 2017]
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Submitted Applications

Proposals for pilot areas were submitted by the following groups:

  • Inner Sound Management Group: trialling spatial separation of mobile and static gear vessels in the Inner Sound and local management.

  • West Coast RIFG – Mull Project Work Group (Management Group): trialling local management of the Brown crab fishery in a specified area.

  • Orkney Fisheries Association (Fish traps): trialling the use of fish traps to investigate their viability as a sustainable fishing method.

  • Orkney Fisheries Association (Quota management): trialling local real-time distribution of pressure stock quota from a common pool.

  • Orkney Fisheries Association (Scallop management): trialling local management of the King/Queen scallop fisheries within Orkney inshore waters.

  • Outer Hebrides RIFG: trialling local creel limitations within a specified area.

  • Arbroath and Montrose Static Gear Association: trialling local management of creel fishing effort in a specified area.

Submitted Applications

Downloadable documents:

Title:Inshore Fisheries Pilots
Description:Information about Marine Scotland's inshore fisheries pilots.
File:IFP - Application - Arbroath and Montrose Inshore Static Gear FA [PDF, 514.7 kb: 09 Oct 2017]
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File:IFP - Application - Inner Sound Management Group [PDF, 2696.9 kb: 09 Oct 2017]
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File:IFP - Application - Mull Project Work Group (Management Group) [PDF, 722.5 kb: 09 Oct 2017]
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File:IFP - Application - Orkney FA - Fish Traps [PDF, 427.0 kb: 09 Oct 2017]
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File:IFP - Application - Orkney FA - Quota Management [PDF, 550.7 kb: 09 Oct 2017]
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File:IFP - Application - Orkney FA - Scallop Management [PDF, 528.5 kb: 09 Oct 2017]
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File:IFP - Application - Outer Hebrides RIFG [PDF, 259.2 kb: 09 Oct 2017]
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Consultation

Five of the proposals submitted were brought forward for public consultation, following a review and further discussions with proposers. These proposals were selected based on their practical application and being most in line with the stated aims of the initiative.

The proposals selected were: the Inner Sound of Skye, the Isle of Mull, the Orkney Isles (scallop management), the Outer Hebrides, and Arbroath and Montrose.

The consultation document sought views on which of the proposals should be introduced, and is available to view at http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2017/11/6248.

Outcome

Following consideration of how consistent the proposals were with the criteria set out in the proposal form guidance and the responses received to the consultation, Marine Scotland will move to put in place the following pilots:

  • A seasonal restriction on mobile gear fishing near Mull

  • A restriction on creel numbers in the Outer Hebrides

  • Zonal fishing management in the waters off Arbroath and Montrose

The proposals for the Inner Sound of Skye and Orkney will not be introduced as a result of this exercise.

Further information on the decision making process is available in the consultation outcome report, which is available to view at http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2018/06/2137.