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Inshore Fisheries Pilots

On 25 May 2017, Marine Scotland announced an initiative to look at alternative forms of inshore fisheries management (https://news.gov.scot/news/strengthening-inshore-fisheries). Proposals were sought from the commercial fishing industry for sites to be considered for the pilot scheme. 

The intention is that these pilots will investigate:

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

    and

  • The impact 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 have been submitted, which will now be assessed by Marine Scotland.  Those proposals seen as the most suitable will form the basis of a consultationto seek broader stakeholder views, and is expected to be issued in November 2017. 

Proposals were received from the following groups:

  • Arbroath and Montrose Inshore Static Gear Fishing 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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