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Weekly Licence Variations: w/b 24 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 24 March 2017

Producer Organisation/Non-Producer Organisation Group
Types of Licence
Schedule Text Amendment
Effective Date
ALL vessels in ALL Producer Organisations and Non-Sector groups
Category A (Pelagic Purser) & Category A (Pelagic Trawler) – addition to paragraph no. 6.2.1
 
Category A, Category B & Category C – addition to paragraph no. 6.3.1
 
Category A (10m & Under) – new paragraph no. 7.3
Additional text for inclusion:
 
“No Queen scallop (Aequipecten opercularis) fishing activity should take place between 0001 hours on 01 April and 2359 hours on 30 June in the entire area of ICES sub-divisions VIa and VIIa.”
0001 hours on 26/03/2017

 

Organisation/Non-Producer Organisation Group
Types of Licence
Reason
Species
Areas of Sea
Limit
Effective Date
10m & Under Non-PO
 
Category A (10m & Under)
Change to Limit
Haddock
EU and International Waters of Vb and VIa
500 kgs per month
0001 hours on 01/04/2017
10m & Under Non-PO
 
Category A (10m & Under)
Change to Limit
Nephrops
VI, EU and International Waters of Vb Nephrops
15 tonnes per quarter
0001 hours on 01/04/2017
Non-Sector
 
Category A & Category B
Change to Limit
Nephrops
VI, EU and International Waters of Vb Nephrops
15 tonnes per quarter
0001 hours on 01/04/2017
ALL Over 15m vessels in ALL Over 10m Producer Organisation and Non-Sector Groups
Category A, Category A (Pelagic Purser), Category A (Pelagic Trawler), Category B & Category C
Change to Effort Allocation
Scallops*
 
* including both King scallops (Pecten maximus) and Queen scallops (Aequipecten opercularis)
 
VII
60 effort days for the quarter 01/04/2017 to 30/06/2017
0001 hours on 01/04/2017

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.

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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.

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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.