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Discussion Paper: Future Management of Sea Fisheries in Scotland

Seafood is Scotland’s second largest export and was worth approximately £6 billion in 2017. The Scottish Government is committed to maintaining the long term sustainability of Scotland’s rich marine fisheries through continued support of small family owned businesses and to increasing the inclusive, long-term economic growth of the Scottish fishing industry.

To meet this future challenge the Scottish Government has developed a national discussion paper on future fisheries management in Scotland which seeks to start an in-depth nationwide discussion with stakeholders to help inform and develop Scotland’s Future Fisheries Management Strategy.

This discussion paper marks the beginning of a longer process of discussion and collaboration to ensure that Scotland’s Future Fisheries Management Strategy is developed in partnership and is representative of wider stakeholder views.

We are keen to engage with you on some bold and new initiatives proposed in this draft strategy and would welcome your responses and ideas to shape how we will manage our fisheries going forward.

Please submit your responses through Citizen Space or, if you prefer, send your written responses - by 7 June 2019 - to the adress in the contact panel on the left.

Stakeholder Events

In addition to submitting written comments, Marine Scotland are holding a range of events to speak to as many stakeholders and interested parties as possible. All feedback received as part of these events will be used in the analysis of the public response to the discussion paper.

The events are envisaged to around 3 hours and will give ample opportunity for participants to input their thoughts, views and ideas on the themes contained within the discussion paper (and beyond).  If you would like further information, please email ffm@gov.scot. Pre-registration isn’t needed and an update on the dates/locations for those still to be confirmed will be posted in due course.  

  • 20th May, Oban – SAMS 18:30 – 21:30
  • 22nd and 30th May, Live Twitter Q&A Events 11:00 – 13:00
  • 29th May, Scalloway – NAFC Marine Centre UHI 13:00 – 16:00
  • 14th June, Glasgow – Event location and venue TBC
  • 26th June, Peterhead (Boddam) – Buchan Braes Hotel 15:00 – 18:00  
  • July (TBC), Edinburgh – Event location and venue TBC