Marine Scotland is responsible for controlling the activities of all fishing vessels operating within the Scottish zone, as defined by the Fishery Limits Act 1976 and the Scotland Act 1998. This covers the North Sea and west of Scotland out to 200 nautical miles. It is also responsible for managing and controlling the activities of Scottish vessels wherever they may fish – including fishing effort and quota. To do this Marine Scotland works with the UK Government in negotiating fishing opportunities through the European Union and in other international negotiations.
Find out more on www2.gov.scot:
- Setting the Scene
- Scotland's Fish Stocks
- Managing Sea Fisheries
- Inshore Fisheries & Communities
- The Landing Obligation & Discarding
- Engaging With Others
- Science & Research
- Common Fishery Terms Explained
Within the EU, Scotland's seas are the fourth largest of core European waters, and make up over 60 per cent of the UK's total European waters.
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