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Gear Conflict

Gear conflict is not an endemic issue in Scottish waters but as the intensity of use of the marine environment has increased, locally-significant occurrences have increasingly come to the attention of Marine Scotland. Gear conflict can occur both within and between fleet sectors and is not conducive to the aim of ensuring fisheries are well managed.

Task Force

A Task Force on Gear Conflict was established by the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment to examine if the current arrangements for dealing with gear conflict were fit for purpose. The Task Force concluded its examination and reported to Ministers in mid-July 2014.

The Report on Gear Conflict was discussed by the IFMAC stakeholder group at a September 2014 meeting, where members supported Marine Scotland’s aim to hold a public consultation on options to help improve the reporting and resolution of gear conflict.

Consultation & Outcome

As a result, the consultation on measures to tackle gear conflict in Scottish inshore waters was launched on 14 November 2014 and ran for 12 weeks, closing to responses on 6 February 2015.

The report Promoting Best Practice for Inshore Fisheries: a consultation on measures to tackle gear conflict in Scottish inshore waters was published in December 2015 with a suite of measures aimed at enhancing both reporting and recording in order to prevent incidents occurring, and to improve deterrence against deliberate acts of gear vandalism and theft.

Gear Conflict

Downloadable document:

Title:Gear Conflict
Description:Measures to tackle gear conflict in Scottish inshore waters.
File:Gear Conflict - Letter to Fishing Industry - 8 December 2015 [PDF, 190.3 kb: 16 Dec 2015]
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