Inshore fisheries and coastal communities

  1. Scottish Islands Typology: overview 2024

    This report outlines the Scottish Islands Typology (2024). It classifies Scotland’s islands into ten categories based on combinations of population, access to local amenities, and access to mainland Scotland. It offers an alternative way to compare the differences and similarities between islands.

  2. Am Plana Nàiseanta airson Dùthaich a tha Math a Thaobh Biadh: Sgrìobhainn Chochomhairleachaidh

    This consultation covers the content of the national Good Food Nation Plan. It seeks views on the Outcomes; ways of measuring progress; and how different groups envision life in a Good Food Nation. It also seeks views on specified functions. This is a Gaelic translation of the consultation.

  3. Geàrr-iomradh air a' Phlana Nàiseanta airson Dùthaich a tha Math a Thaobh Biadh

    The national Good Food Nation Plan sets out six over-arching Outcomes; the range of targets and indicators that will be used to gauge progress towards achieving them; and details of food-related policies and initiatives from across the Scottish Government. This is a Gaelic summary of the Plan.

  4. National Good Food Nation Plan: consultation - easy read

    Easy read version of our consultation on the national Good Food Nation Plan, which sets out the Government's goals for food and how we will achieve them.

  5. National Good Food Nation Plan

    The national Good Food Nation Plan sets out six over-arching Outcomes for a Good Food Nation; the range of targets and indicators that will be used to gauge progress towards achieving them; and details of a wide range of food-related policies and initiatives from across the Scottish Government.

  6. National Good Food Nation Plan: consultation

    We are consulting on the first national Good Food Nation Plan. We are seeking views on the national Good Food Nation Outcomes, ways of measuring progress and how different groups envision life in a Good Food Nation. It also seeks views on specified functions.

  7. Ro-innleachd airson Saidheans Mara is Ùrghnàthachadh

    ’S e seo an Ro-innleachd ùr airson Saidheans Mara is Ùr-ghnàthachadh aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba. Tha i a’ cur amasan an cèill airson saidheans mara agus ùr-ghnàthachadh ann an Alba agus a’ stèidheachadh sia builean gus barrachd bhuannachdan fhaighinn bho ar n-obair saidheans, fianais agus dàta.

  8. Marine science and innovation strategy

    Establishes the vision for marine science and innovation in Scotland and six outcomes to strengthen the impact of marine science, evidence and data.

  9. Scotland's Marine Economic Statistics 2021

    Statistics on the economic contributions of Scotland’s marine sectors in 2021. Includes a time series of Gross Value Added (GVA), turnover and employment for marine sectors. The supporting documents include: additional tables in an excel file and a pdf version of the publication

  10. Report on razor clam surveys on Tarbert Bank

    This report describes a survey carried out on Tarbert Bank in 2023 to estimate the densities and sizes of razor clams, Ensis siliqua and Ensis magnus. The survey was conducted as part of the Scottish Government’s electrofishing scientific trial.

  11. Scottish Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMAs) consultation: Scottish Government response

    Our response to the public consultation on the proposal to designate 10% of Scottish seas as Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMAs) by 2026.

  12. Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMAs): consultation analysis - final report

    Analysis report on the responses to the consultation on Scottish Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMAs) which ran from 12 December 2022 to 17 April 2023.

  13. Scottish Sea Fisheries Statistics 2022

    A National Statistics publication that provides detailed information on the tonnage and value of landings, fishing vessel characteristics and employment. Detailed supplementary excel tables and a pdf version of the publication are available in supporting documents.

  14. Outer Hebrides creel limitation pilot: research and evaluation

    Presents the findings of the survey made into the operational implications and socio-economic impacts of the Outer Hebrides Creel Limitation Pilot on fishers.

  15. Improving inshore fisheries data: Consultation on requiring electronic tracking and monitoring technology on under 12 metre commercial fishing vessels

    We are seeking views on using electronic tracking and monitoring technologies on under 12 metre commercial fishing vessels in Scottish waters (and Scottish vessels wherever they operate).

  16. Sea fisheries - future catching policy: consultation analysis

    Analysis of public consultation on Future Catching Policy (FCP).

  17. Financial support for islanders

    Fresh funding to ease cost of living impact on communities and businesses.

  18. Vision for sustainable aquaculture: island communities impact assessment

    Island communities impact assessment for the vision for sustainable aquaculture.

  19. Vision for sustainable aquaculture

    The Vision for sustainable aquaculture describes the Scottish Government’s long-term aspirations to 2045 for the finfish, shellfish and seaweed farming sectors, and the wider aquaculture supply chain.

  20. Vision for sustainable aquaculture: child rights and wellbeing screening sheet

    Child rights and wellbeing screening sheet for the Vision for sustainable aquaculture

  21. Electrofishing for razor clams trial: update - February 2021 to January 2022

    A progress update report on the electrofishing for razor clams scientific trial from 1 February 2021 to 31 January 2022.

  22. National Islands Plan review: consultation

    We are consulting on a review of the National Islands Plan, published in 2019. This review is required by the Islands (Scotland) Act 2018. We are seeking views on the impact and content of the current National Islands Plan.

  23. National Islands Plan: implementation route map 2023

    Details how we will deliver on the commitments in the National Islands Plan, over the coming year.

  24. Clyde cod spawning closure Spring 2024/25: 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 the continuation of this closure for 2024 and 2025.

  25. Clyde cod spawning closure: business and regulatory impact assessment - partial

    This partial business and regulatory impact assessment (BRIA) sits alongside the consultation document on the Clyde cod spawning closure for 2024/25. The BRIA will be finalised after the consultation period, allowing information collected during the consultation to feed into the assessment.

  26. National Islands Plan Annual Report 2022

    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. This report sets out progress made during the 2022 reporting year.

  27. Crab and lobster fisheries - stock assessments: results 2016 to 2019

    Results of Scottish regional brown crab (Cancer pagurus), velvet crab (Necora puber) and lobster (Homarus gammarus) stock assessments carried out by Marine Scotland Science (MSS) for the period 2016 to 2019.

  28. Priority marine feature surveys within the Small Isles MPA and surrounding waters

    Marine Scotland collected and analysed abundance information for species with conservation importance relevant to priority marine features in the Small Isles MPA and the surrounding region (2012 – 2017). Abundance changes for key species and the relationship with fishing activity was assessed.

  29. Scotland's Blue Economy: current status review

    Describes our starting position in the transition to adopting a Blue Economy approach to marine sectors, communities, and the environment. It provides us with the foundation to consider how we can track our progress and determine if significant and lasting change is occurring.

  30. Commission for the land-based learning review: report to Scottish Ministers

    The report produced by the Commission, a short term advisory group established to provide independent, evidence-based advice and submitted to Scottish Ministers on how to attract more people into land-based and aquaculture sectors by improving learning pathways.

  31. Highly Protected Marine Areas - policy framework and site selection guidelines: strategic environmental asessment

    This initial strategic environmental report assesses the environmental impacts of the Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMA) policy.

  32. Highly Protected Marine Areas - policy framework and site selection guidelines: socio-economic impact assessment – methodology

    This initial socio-economic impact assessment (SEIA) identifies and assesses potential economic and social effects of HPMAs and proposes a methodology for carrying out the site specific SEIAs.

  33. Highly Protected Marine Areas: consultation

    This consultation paper sets out the background, process, and rationale for Scottish Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMA), as well as containing the consultation questions.

  34. Highly Protected Marine Areas: policy framework

    Sets out our proposed definition and aims of Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMAs) and what this could mean for different activities taking place in Scottish waters. Also describes how we will account for socio-economic factors alongside ecological considerations and proposed new legal powers.

  35. Highly Protected Marine Areas: stakeholder engagement plan

    This stakeholder engagement plan outlines how stakeholders can engage with the Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMA) process and provide their input and views.

  36. Highly Protected Marine Areas - policy framework and site selection guidelines: sustainability appraisal

    Drafted by marine consultants ABPmer, the sustainability appraisal provides assessment of any cumulative impacts of the Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMA) policy and is based upon the draft policy framework and site selection guidelines.

  37. Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMAs) - site selection: draft guidelines

    Guidelines describing the proposed process for identifying and selecting Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMAs) in Scottish waters. These were drafted by our statutory nature conservation advisors, NatureScot and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC).

  38. Highly Protected Marine Areas - policy framework and site selection guidelines: partial BRIA

    The partial business and regulatory impact assessment (BRIA) presents an initial assessment of the potential costs, benefits and risks of introducing HPMAs and their potential impacts on public, private or third sectors.

  39. Delivering Scotland's Blue Economy approach

    Sets out the first phase of delivery towards our Blue Economy Vision (published March 2022). It provides a clear picture of where we are now in relation to the six Blue Economy outcomes and sets out our next steps in delivering a collaborative approach in Scotland.

  40. Scenario mapping for offshore renewable energy development economic benefits: case studies

    Report to identify, measure and value the delivered and potential economic impact for Scotland from offshore wind and tidal energy projects.

  41. National marine plan 2: engagement strategy

    Stakeholder engagement strategy and statement of public participation for Scotland's national marine plan 2.

  42. Seafood strategy: child rights and wellbeing impact assessment

    Child Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment Screening for the Strategy for Seafood

  43. Seafood strategy: equality impact assessment

    Equalities impact assessment (EQIA) for the strategy for seafood.

  44. Seafood strategy: island communities impact assessment

    Island communities impact assessment (ICIA) for the strategy for seafood.

  45. Seafood strategy

    Affirms the importance of the seafood sector and sets out how we are supporting industry to contribute to achieving our blue economy aspirations.

  46. Fishing practices adapted in commercial fisheries: review

    Comprehensive literature review on the specific interventions taken in Scotland, the UK and EU to reduce the climate related impacts of the marine wild capture fisheries sector complemented with a series of stakeholder interviews on direct experiences and challenges.

  47. Fish and fisheries research to inform ScotMER evidence gaps and future strategic research in the UK: review

    This study undertook a literature review and consultation with key stakeholders to establish current knowledge for evidence gaps identified in the ScotMER Fish and Fisheries evidence map. This report includes research recommendations to help fill remaining strategic priority gaps.

  48. Assessing fisheries displacement by other licensed marine activities: good practice guidance

    This project developed ‘Good Practice Guidance for Assessing Fisheries Displacement’ through a detailed literature review and consultation with the ScotMER Fish and Fisheries Receptor Group (FFSRG), commercial fisheries industry, offshore energy and regulatory sectors.

  49. Assessing fisheries displacement by other licensed marine activities: good practice guidance - literature review

    This project developed ‘Good Practice Guidance for Assessing Fisheries Displacement’ through a detailed literature review and consultation with the ScotMER Fish and Fisheries Receptor Group (FFSRG), commercial fisheries industry, offshore energy and regulatory sectors.

  50. 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.

  51. Funding to support salmon recovery

    Projects aim to bring salmon population back from crisis point.

  52. 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.

  53. 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.

  54. 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.

  55. 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.

  56. 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.

  57. 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.

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

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

  59. 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.

  60. 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.

  61. 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.

  62. 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.

  63. 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.

  64. Scottish Nephrops Working Group Report: Scottish Government response

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

  65. New funding to boost innovative seaweed business

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

  66. 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.

  67. 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.

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

    About the licensing conditions.

  69. Inshore Fisheries Wild Wrasse Harvesting Privacy Notice

    Inshore Fisheries wild wrasse harvesting privacy notice

  70. Support for seafood exporters

    New posts to help businesses navigate EU Exit processes.

  71. The future of Scotland’s fisheries

    New strategy to promote sustainability.

  72. Outer Hebrides Inshore Fisheries Pilot area

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

  73. Creel marking: guidance

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

  74. Additional quota for inshore fishing

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

  75. Support for Scottish seafood industry worth £22.5 million

    More than 1,000 businesses now eligible for help.

  76. Management of fish quotas

    New arrangement for trial period.  

  77. 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.

  78. Support for inshore fisheries

    Electronic monitoring among range of actions.

  79. 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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