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sea fisheries

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Area Restrictions

Sea area closures are designed to protect stocks in the waters around Scotland. Some of these closures are implemented on a seasonal basis due to known spawning grounds, whilst others are instigated on a temporary basis due to a high abundance of juvenile fish.

There are a number of ways that a fishing area might be restricted:

     - RTC Archived Closed Areas
     - RTCs Illustrative Map Showing Seasonal Closures

New and historical data information is also available regarding the Samples that have been taken.

Details of Real Time Closures currently implemented by the Marine Management Organisation are available to view online.