Wild fisheries reform

In January 2014, the First Minister announced that a Wild Fisheries Review would be undertaken during 2014.

On 8 October 2014, the review submitted its final report and 54 recommendations to the Minister for Environment and Climate Change.

Following on from the Review, Marine Scotland has embarked upon a programme of Wild Fisheries Reform, including a package of Conservation Regulations. The Salmon Conservation Measures (formerly known as the Kill Licence) were progressed separately from the wider reform programme.

Wild Fisheries Reform Programme

During 2015, a consultation paper was published which set out the Government's response to the Wild Fisheries Review. The consultation closed on 7 August 2015. The responses have been considered and the analysis has been published.

Dr Aileen McLeod, Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, launched a consultation paper on Draft provisions for a Wild Fisheries (Scotland) Bill and draft Wild Fisheries Strategy on 8 February 2016. The consultation closed on 2 May 2016. The responses have been considered and the analysis has been published.

District Salmon Fishery Boards (DSFBs) and those interested in establishing new DSFBs can now bid for a share of £200,000 for mergers or to set up new boards which will help improve the efficiency and effectiveness of fisheries management.

Stakeholder Groups

An external Stakeholder Reference Group was established to inform detailed proposals for legislation arising from the consultation on the broad policy principles on the reform of the management system.

In addition, a number of working groups have been established to inform and develop thinking across a range of key issues:

  • Regulatory Enforcement
  • Training and Continuous Professional Development
  • Change Management and Transitional Arrangements
  • Fishery Management Plan Template
  • Promotion and Development

You can view details of the members, remit and Minutres of these groups in our archive.

Value of the Wild Fisheries Sector

The findings from the Analysis of the Value of Wild Fisheries in Scotland report will inform the Wild Fisheries Reform Programme in the future.

Diary of events

View our Google calendar of Scottish Wild Fisheries events, conference dates and presentation downloads, and training courses. The aim is to raise awareness of events and to provide a web page where conference presentations can be viewed after events for those unable to attend.

If you have any relevant information that you would like to include, please email s.dugan@marlab.ac.uk or aleksander.jasinski@gov.scot.

Clicking on an event in the calendar will provide details, location and information on how to sign up. After conferences and speaking engagements, talks will be made available to download where possible.