Inshore fisheries and coastal communities

  1. Biodiversity strategy: consultation

    Biodiversity is vital for us all and it is in crisis, globally and in Scotland, so we need to change the way we use natural resources. We are seeking views on how we should tackle the biodiversity crisis through a new biodiversity strategy which will drive this transformation.

  2. Funding to support salmon recovery

    Projects aim to bring salmon population back from crisis point.

  3. Outer Hebrides Inshore Fisheries Pilot: year one report

    The OHIFP is a stakeholder-led project developed collaboratively by the fishing industry, the scientific community and Scottish Government to test approaches to fisheries management within a significant area of sea to the east of the Outer Hebrides. This report summaries the first years findings.

  4. A Blue Economy Vision for Scotland

    Sets out our long-term ambition for Scotland’s blue economy to 2045. It demonstrates how much we value our marine environment and its significance. This is captured in six outcomes sitting across a range of environmental, social and economic ambitions.

  5. Marine proposed Special Protection Areas strategic environmental assessment: post adoption statement

    A strategic environmental assessment post adoption statement setting out how the assessment and consultation responses have been taken into account in the introduction of Special Protection Areas.

  6. National Islands Plan: annual report 2021

    The Islands (Scotland) Act 2018 requires that a report is presented to Parliament each year setting out the progress made towards delivery of the National Islands Plan.

  7. Scotland's Marine Economic Statistics 2019

    Statistics on the economic contributions of Scotland’s marine sectors in 2019. Includes a time series of Gross Value Added (GVA), turnover and employment for marine sectors. The supporting documents include: accessible tables, a summary topic sheet and a pdf version of the publication.

  8. Fisheries - future catching policy: consultation

    Scotland’s future catching policy (FCP) is a key component of our fisheries management strategy. It will develop new rules, in cooperation with stakeholders, to regulate activity at sea in order to support the increased accountability and sustainability of Scottish fisheries.

  9. Marine resources - remote electronic monitoring (REM): business and regulatory impact assessment

    A partial business and regulatory Impact assessment (BRIA) on remote electronic monitoring (REM).

  10. Marine resources - ensuring long term sustainability: remote electronic monitoring (REM) consultation

    Remote electronic monitoring (REM) is a component of our Future Fisheries Management Strategy (FFM). This policy explores the installation of cameras, GPS and sensors on board vessels to monitor fishing activity.

  11. Potential scale of Scottish seaweed-based industries: research paper

    This report provides an assessment of the current status and future growth opportunities for Scottish seaweed-based industries. It includes a scenario analysis that explores the key areas of growth for the seaweed sector and the wider economic and social impacts of possible growth scenarios.

  12. Clyde cod spawning closures

    Areas of the Firth of Clyde closed for all fishing between 14 February and 30 April in 2022 and 2023, to protect cod during their spawning season.

  13. Proposal to designate Red Rocks and Longay as a Marine Protected Area: consultation

    An overview of the consultation to designate a new Marine Protected Area within the Inner Sound of Skye, including short summaries of the available documentation. The MPA will protect flapper skate and their eggs as well as the geodiversity feature, Quaternary of Scotland.

  14. Supporting impact - Scottish Crown Estate net revenue: local authority use and insights

    Net Revenues from the Scottish Crown Estate have been distributed to coastal Local Authorities for the benefit of coastal communities since 2019. This study was commissioned as part of the review process for the first two rounds of distribution of Scottish Crown Estate net revenues.

  15. Scottish Nephrops Working Group Report: Scottish Government response

    Our response to the recommendations in the Scottish Nephrops Working Group report of September 2021.

  16. New funding to boost innovative seaweed business

    Funding of £600,000 further supports the sustainable development of Scotland’s Blue Economy.

  17. Clyde cod spawning closure 2022-2023: consultation

    Since 2001, a specific area in the Firth of Clyde has been closed to fishing each year between 14 February and 30 April, in order to protect spawning cod. This consultation is seeking views on continuing this closure for 2022 and 2023.

  18. Scottish Sea Fisheries Statistics 2020

    National Statistics publication that provides data on the tonnage and value of all landings of sea fish and shellfish by Scottish vessels, all landings into Scotland, the rest of the UK and abroad, and the size and structure of the Scottish fishing fleet and employment on Scottish vessels.

  19. Licence conditions applying to the derogation enabling the harvesting of wild wrasse

  20. Support for seafood exporters

    New posts to help businesses navigate EU Exit processes.

  21. The future of Scotland’s fisheries

    New strategy to promote sustainability.

  22. Outer Hebrides Inshore Fisheries Pilot area

    Information for owners and Masters of licenced fishing vessels on the Outer Hebrides Inshore Fisheries Pilot area.

  23. Creel marking: guidance

    Information and guidance on marking fishing creels deployed within 12 nautical miles of Scottish baselines.

  24. Additional quota for inshore fishing

    Up to £2 million of potential new opportunities to help fleet. 

  25. Support for Scottish seafood industry worth £22.5 million

    More than 1,000 businesses now eligible for help.

  26. Management of fish quotas

    New arrangement for trial period.  

  27. Inshore Fisheries Pilot Programme: Inner Sound of Skye outcome report

    An analysis and overview of consultation responses to proposed inshore fisheries pilot for the Inner Sound of Skye.

  28. Support for inshore fisheries

    Electronic monitoring among range of actions.

  29. Nephrops fleet - optimisation modelling: policy brief

    Economic research providing a valuable addition to the evidence base of Scotland’s Nephrops fishery to help inform discussions on the future of fisheries management.

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