This document provides an analysis of responses and outcome to the 'Consultation on Proposed Sites to Host Inshore Fisheries Pilots 2017'. A copy of the consultation can be found at https://consult.gov.scot/marine-scotland/inshore-fisheries-pilots-2017.
The consultation sought views on which pilots Marine Scotland should introduce in order to explore alternative approaches to managing inshore fisheries.
Summary of responses
There were 122 responses to the consultation. A broad cross-section of stakeholders were represented; from those whose living is dependent on fishing, to environmental groups, local authorities and interested individuals.
Following consideration of how consistent the proposals were with the criteria set out in the proposal form guidance and the responses received to the consultation, Marine Scotland will move to put in place the following pilots:
- A seasonal restriction on mobile gear fishing near Mull
- A restriction on creel numbers in the Outer Hebrides
- Zonal fishing management in the waters off Arbroath and Montrose
The proposed pilots in the Inner Sound of Skye and Orkney will not be introduced as a result of this exercise.