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Consultation Analysis and the Scottish Government Response to the Consultation : Electrofishing for razor clams in Scotland

Consultation Analysis and the Scottish Government Response to the Consultation : Electrofishing for razor clams in Scotland

Monday, April 3, 2017

ISBN: 9781786529022

The findings and outcome of the Scottish Government's consultation on whether electrofishing should be a permitted method of harvesting razor clams.

Executive Summary

Views were sought in a consultation about whether electrofishing for razor clams should be legalised. At the moment it is illegal, under EU law.

The consultation was launched in light of recent scientific evidence that suggests electrofishing is potentially more environmentally benign than some other traditional methods, such as dredging, which are more disruptive of the seabed.

The Government is now publishing its response to the consultation, along with an analysis of the responses to the consultation.

The Government has decided to authorise a controlled trial of electrofishing for razor clams. A trial provides an opportunity to address matters raised in the consultation and further consider the viability of a regulated commercial electrofishery for razor clams.