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Fisheries Displacement Study

The Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the 33 possible Marine Protected Areas (pMPAs) identified that fishery displacement could occur as a consequence of implementing management measures. This displacement could have both positive and negative effects on the environment.

However, the information on how the pMPAs would be managed in the future was not sufficient to complete a full assessment of the possible displacement effects. The purpose of the fisheries displacement study is to provide the information necessary to complete this assessment.

Marine Scotland developed guidance on how fisheries management areas should be designed around protected features. Using this guidance and the fisheries advice in the Management Options Papers produced by Scottish Natural Heritage, possible fisheries management measures for nine pMPAs were drawn up.

A desk-based assessment of the level of potential displacement was undertaken using existing fisheries data. Following this, a series of events to discuss the possible measures and potential displacement of fishing took place around the coast. These were very well attended with a wide range of views and information shared.

Whilst measures have been drawn up that could deliver the conservation objectives of each pMPA, it does not mean that this is the only possible way to manage fisheries. There may be other ways which can achieve the outcomes with less displacement and/or better ecological value.

Each pMPA considered in the fisheries displacement study has a management measures analysis paper which details the possible measures and the desk-based assessment of displacement.

A set of more user friendly maps depicting the possible measures is available, as feedback from events was that the legend was difficult to read on printed versions of the maps.

A draft report of the fisheries displacement study is now available. Marine Scotland invites comment and review of the report from attendees. In recognition that not everyone could attend these events, stakeholders are also invited to provide comment on the fisheries management measures proposed in the study.

Comments on the draft report or the proposed measures should be sent by 31 May 2014 to marine.conservation@scotland.gsi.gov.uk.