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Weekly Licence Variations: w/b 27 January 2017

Notice to 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 tranship any quantity of that species of sea fish.

Non-compliance will be subject to enforcement action.

Weekly Licence Variations

Friday 27 January 2017

Producer Organisation/Non-Producer Organisation Group
Type(s) of Licence
Area(s) of Sea
Effective Date
ALL 10 Metre & Under Groups and ALL Over 10 Metre Groups
ALL Categories
Sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax)
ICES divisions VIIb, VIIc, VIIj and VIIk, and the waters of ICES divisions VIIa and VIIg that are more than 12 nautical miles from the baseline under the sovereignty of the United Kingdom
Not applicable
0001 hours on 01/02/2017
Producer Organisation/Non-Producer Organisation Group
Type(s) of Licence
Licence Text Amendment
Effective Date
ALL vessels in ALL Producer Organisations and Non-Sector groups
Category A, Category A (Pelagic Purser), Category A (Pelagic Trawler), Category B, Category C & Category A (10m & Under)
Replacement of paragraphs 2.1-2.5 of the Schedule with the following:
2.1  This licence does not authorise fishing for, retaining on board, relocating, trans-shipping or landing Sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) in ICES divisions IVb, IVc, VIId, VIIe, VIIf and VIIh or in waters within 12 nautical miles from baseline under the sovereignty of the United Kingdom in ICES divisions VIIa and VIIg.
2.2  Condition 2.1 above does not apply to a vessel which has been authorised, in writing by Marine Scotland, to fish with a permitted gear.
2.3  For the purposes of conditions 2.1 and 2.2, a permitted gear means one of the following gear types:
          (a) demersal trawls and seines*
          (b) hooks and lines**
          (c) fixed gillnets***
* All types of demersal trawls including Danish/Scottish seines, including OTB, OTT, PTB, TBB, SSC, SDN, SPR, SV, SB, SX, TBN, TBS and TB
** All long lines or pole and line or rod and line fisheries, including LHP, LHM, LLD, LL, LTL, LX and LLS
*** All fixed gillnets and traps, including GTR, GNS, FYK, FPN and FIX
2.4  For vessels which have been authorised to fish with demersal trawls and seines the vessel may only retain on board:
a) unavoidable by-catches of Sea bass that do not exceed 3% of the weight of the total catches of marine organisms on board in any single day, and
b) no more than 400 kgs of Sea bass per calendar month.
2.5  For vessels which have been authorised to fish using hooks and lines, the vessel may only fish for, retain on board, relocate, trans-ship or land Sea bass which does not exceed in total 10 tonnes from 0000 on 1 January 2017 to 2359 on 31 December 2017
2.6  This licence and any authorisation issued in accordance with 2.2 above does not authorise fishing for Sea bass using hooks and lines between 0000 on 1 February 2017 and 2359 on 28 February 2017.
2.7  For vessels which have been authorised to fish using fixed gillnets, the vessel may only retain on board unavoidable by-catches of Sea bass not exceeding 250 kgs per month.
2.8  A vessel authorised to fish for Sea bass using more than one of the gear types set out in condition 2.3 may not retain on board Sea bass if more than one of those gear types is present on board the vessel.
(Subsequent paragraphs have been re-numbered where appropriate.)
0001 hours on 01/02/2017

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.


New Controls for the Scottish King Scallop Fishery:- new management measures are being introduced in the Scottish King scallop fishery and are now due to come into force from Thursday 1st June 2017. Details on these new controls can be found here.