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Engaging with Others

The landing obligation will require significant change to the existing system of fisheries management and fleet behaviour. The Scottish Government has opted to work jointly with industry and other stakeholders to implement an effective and workable landing obligation that maintains a viable Scottish fishing fleet whilst progressing towards sustainable fishing. Scottish Government officials meet and work with stakeholders on a regular basis in several different capacities.

The Scottish Discard Steering Group (SDSG)

The remit of the SDSG is to advise the Scottish Government on developing policy with regard to the implementation of the landing obligation. It provides a forum for policy makers, scientists, economists, industry and other stakeholders to meet on a quarterly basis. Active skippers are encouraged to attend the meetings.

 The SDSG comprises attendees from:

  • Marine Scotland Policy
  • Marine Scotland Science
  • Marine Scotland Compliance
  • The Scottish Fishermen's Federation
  • The Scottish Pelagic Fishermen's Association
  • The Scottish Whitefish Producers' Organisation
  • The Shetland Fishermen's Association
  • Mallaig and North West Fishermen’s Association
  • The Scottish Association of Fisheries Producers' Organisations
  • The Scottish Fishermen's Organisation
  • The Scottish Seafood Association
  • World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
  • The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

More information:

  • View the papers for all meetings