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Inshore Fisheries Pilots

The Consultation on Proposed Sites to Host Inshore Fisheries Pilots 2017 is now CLOSED. However you can still view the consultation paper detailing the proposals at consult.gov.scot.

On 25 May 2017, Marine Scotland announced an initiative to look at alternative forms of inshore fisheries management. Proposals were sought from the commercial fishing industry for sites to be considered for the pilot scheme with the intention of investigating:

  • a localised approach to fisheries management, where fishing interests will be involved in developing distinct local arrangements

  • the consequences of separating different methods of fishing, such as creeling (e.g. static gear and mobile gear) within specified areas

Application Form / Guidance

Downloadable documents:

Title:Inshore Fisheries Pilots
Description:Information about Marine Scotland's inshore fisheries pilots.
File:Inshore Fisheries Pilot - Application Form [DOCX, 35.9 kb: 09 Oct 2017]
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File:Inshore Fisheries Pilot - Application Form - Guidance [DOCX, 41.8 kb: 09 Oct 2017]
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Submitted Applications

Seven proposals for pilot areas were submitted and assessed by Marine Scotland (listed below). Those proposals seen as the most suitable formed the basis of the consultation to seek broader stakeholder views, which was launched on 30 November 2017 and ran until 22 February 2018.

Proposals were received from the following groups:

  • Arbroath and Montrose Static Gear Association

    - trialling local management of creel fishing effort in a specified area

  • Inner Sound Management Group

    - trialling spatial separation of mobile and static gear vessels in the Inner Sound and local management

  • West Coast RIFG – Mull Project Work Group (Management Group)

    - trialling local management of the Brown crab fishery in a specified area

  • Orkney Fisheries Association – Fish traps

    - trialling the use of fish traps to investigate their viability as a sustainable fishing method

  • Orkney Fisheries Association – Quota management

    - trialling local real-time distribution of pressure stock quota from a common pool

  • Orkney Fisheries Association – Scallop management

    - trialling local management of the King/Queen scallop fisheries within Orkney inshore waters

  • Outer Hebrides RIFG

    - trialling local creel limitations within a specified area

Submitted Applications

Downloadable documents:

Title:Inshore Fisheries Pilots
Description:Information about Marine Scotland's inshore fisheries pilots.
File:IFP - Application - Arbroath and Montrose Inshore Static Gear FA [PDF, 514.7 kb: 09 Oct 2017]
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File:IFP - Application - Inner Sound Management Group [PDF, 2696.9 kb: 09 Oct 2017]
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File:IFP - Application - Mull Project Work Group (Management Group) [PDF, 722.5 kb: 09 Oct 2017]
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File:IFP - Application - Orkney FA - Fish Traps [PDF, 427.0 kb: 09 Oct 2017]
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File:IFP - Application - Orkney FA - Quota Management [PDF, 550.7 kb: 09 Oct 2017]
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File:IFP - Application - Orkney FA - Scallop Management [PDF, 528.5 kb: 09 Oct 2017]
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File:IFP - Application - Outer Hebrides RIFG [PDF, 259.2 kb: 09 Oct 2017]
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