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Outer Hebrides Inshore Fisheries Group - Consultation on inshore fishing prohibitions in the Outer Hebrides - Outcome Report

Outer Hebrides Inshore Fisheries Group - Consultation on inshore fishing prohibitions in the Outer Hebrides - Outcome Report

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

ISBN: 9781786527134

Outcome report to consultation that sought views on changes to areas in the Outer Hebrides’ inshore waters where mobile and/or creel fishing is prohibited. These measures were developed by the Outer Hebrides IFG in order to modernise the spatial management of the fishery and complement current fishing practices.

Executive Summary

This report provides an analysis of responses to the Consultation on inshore fishing prohibitions in the Outer Hebrides, which sought views on proposed changes to closed areas around the Outer Hebrides.

These proposals were developed by the Outer Hebrides Inshore Fisheries Group (OHIFG) in order to update the prohibitions in effect in their area and to improve the protection of local shellfish stocks.

The proposals underwent a considerable period of consultation prior to their being formally submitted to Marine Scotland, as they were initially developed as part of the OHIFG’s Management Plan.

The consultation was launched on 4 December 2015 and ran for a 12-week period, closing to responses on 26 February 2016.

As a result of the consultation exercise Marine Scotland will proceed to introduce all of the measures consulted upon.