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Consultation on Proposed Sites to Host Inshore Fisheries Pilots 2017 - Outcome Report

Consultation on Proposed Sites to Host Inshore Fisheries Pilots 2017 - Outcome Report

Monday, June 25, 2018

ISBN: 9781787810563

This report summarises feedback to questions posed in the 'Consultation on Proposed Sites to Host Inshore Fisheries Pilots 2017', which took place from 30 November 2017 to 22 February 2018. The report provides Marine Scotland’s response to each pilot proposal, taking into account: consistency with the criteria set out in proposal form guidance, consultation feedback and wider considerations.

Executive Summary

This document provides an analysis of responses and outcome to the ‘Consultation on Proposed Sites to Host Inshore Fisheries Pilots 2017’.

The consultation sought views on which pilots Marine Scotland should introduce in order to explore alternative approaches to managing inshore fisheries.

There were 122 responses to the consultation. A broad cross-section of stakeholders were represented; from those whose living is dependent on fishing, to environmental groups, local authorities and interested individuals.

Following consideration of how consistent the proposals were with the criteria set out in the proposal form guidance and the responses received to the consultation, Marine Scotland will move to put in place the following pilots:

• A seasonal restriction on mobile gear fishing near Mull

• A restriction on creel numbers in the Outer Hebrides

• Zonal fishing management in the waters off Arbroath and Montrose

The proposed pilots in the Inner Sound of Skye and Orkney will not be introduced as a result of this exercise.