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Weekly Licence Variations: w/b 17 March 2017

Notice to Vessel Owners/Masters/Charterers/Nominees

The information contained on this web page constitutes a Notice in accordance with Article 3(2)(c)(ii) of The Sea Fishing (Licences and Notices) (Scotland) Regulations 2011, and has the effect of varying the authority and conditions of all licences previously issued by the Scottish Ministers to vessels in membership of the groups indicated.

This means that a relevant entry on this web page may remove or alter any authority a licence recipient may have had to fish for the stocks listed in that relevant entry. Where the authority to fish for a particular species has been removed through this web page, it will be an offence to retain on board, land or trans-ship any quantity of that species of sea fish.

Non-compliance will be subject to enforcement action.

Weekly Licence Variations

Friday 17 March 2017

Producer Organisation/Non-Producer Organisation Group
Type(s) of Licence
Area(s) of Sea
Effective Date
10m & Under Non-PO
Category A (10m & Under)
Change to Limit
Lemon Sole & Witches
EU Waters of IIa & IV
1 tonne per month
0001 hours on 19/03/2017
Producer Organisation/Non-Producer Organisation Group
Type(s) of Licence
Schedule Text Amendment
Effective Date
ALL Over 10m Producer Organisations and Non-Sector Groups
Category A – paragraph 15.1
Category A (Pelagic Purser), Category A (Pelagic Trawler), Category B & Category C – paragraph 14.1
Amendment of text in paragraph 14.1 or 15.1:
XX.1 the vessel to which this licence relates…may not retain on board and land…Whiting, caught in ICES Divisions Vb (EC Zone), VI, XII (International Waters) and XIV (International Waters)… in excess of 4% by live weight of the total catch retained on board the vessel during each fishing trip.
0001 hours on 19/03/2017

2017 Closures Table:- showing the current status of fishing stocks following the issue and publication of the above variations (if any).

2017 Quota Limits Tables:- showing the quota limits applicable to both 10m and Under Non-PO and Over 10m Non-Sector vessels. Please note: these tables are for information only and you should always refer to your licence and the variations thereof in the first instance.


Body-Worn Video Cameras:- the use of Body-Worn Video is being rolled out by Marine Scotland Compliance, principally in areas where it is felt that it would be most beneficial in providing protection for our Fishery Officers. We may also be trialling it across a number of other areas to see whether it is a useful resource, beyond providing protection. This is not a covert activity. The equipment will be worn openly and officers should announce when it is being used so that everyone is aware. If you have any questions please email us.


Scottish Inshore Fisheries Conference 2017:- the fourth Scottish Inshore Fisheries Conference will be held on Thursday 27th & Friday 28th April 2017 at Eden Court in Inverness. The conference will open on the Thursday afternoon and will include an evening reception. On Friday, Fergus Ewing MSP, Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity, will open the day and delegates will have the opportunity to attend sessions on a variety of subjects including fisheries management challenges and actions, Brexit, marketing the local catch and a session delivered by Norwegian colleagues on how they manage their inshore fisheries. Delegates are free to attend both days or one, and can register online.

Further information can be found here.