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Consultation on New Controls in the Scottish King Scallop Fishery 2014

Consultation on New Controls in the Scottish King Scallop Fishery 2014

Thursday, October 9, 2014

ISBN: 9781784128371

Consultation seeking views on possible new management measures in the Scottish king scallop fishery.

Executive Summary

This consultation seeks views on new management measures in the Scottish king scallop (Pecten maximus) fishery. The issues on which views are sought are:

•Increasing the minimum landing size of 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 these management proposals is 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.