These new management measures are the outcome of a 16-week consultation which took place from 9 October 2014 to 26 January 2015. The consultation sought views on a range of management proposals, including:
increasing the minimum landing size of King scallops
introducing new restrictions associated with the use of dredges
changes to licensing arrangements to restrict the upsizing of replacement vessels
placing restrictions on the time that vessels can spend at sea
The overall aim of the proposals was to improve the management of effort in the fishery after an expansion in recent years, and to attempt to increase the spawning stock biomass of the stock.
The outcome report is available to view/download here.
The consultation was informed by A Review of the Scottish Scallop Fishery. This was a report undertaken by Poseidon Consultants that considered:
structure and performance of the fleet
health of stocks
current management and regulation
environmental effects of the fishery
The review came about as a result of a consultation Marine Scotland ran in 2012 that proposed changes to dredge restrictions and increasing the minimum landing size of King scallops to 110 mm. No alterations to legislation came about as a result of this consultation, with respondents highlighting a lack of evidence to support the proposals.
The review was designed to inform options aimed at achieving a more productive, efficient and sustainable Scottish scallop sector. The final report can be downloaded below.