Clyde Cod Consultation Letter
19 October 2021
Firth of Clyde – Cod Spawning Closure - Spring 2022/23
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. The Scottish Government has responsibility for the closure which is implemented on a biennial basis via a Scottish Statutory Instrument (SSI). Exemptions have always been provided for Nephrops trawlers, creels and scallop dredgers due to the low amounts of cod that they catch.
This letter seeks your views on continuation of the closure in 2022/23, including the exemptions previously provided.
All respondents should be aware of the guidance in Annex B and complete the Respondent Information Form (RIF) in Annex C.
Please see Annex B for details on how we will handle your response.
Our initial consultation focused on our existing list of stakeholders; we are now extending this consultation to enable members of the public to share their views.
The previous closing date was 13 October, however we have extended this to allow a further 2 week consultation to be carried out online.
We look forward to hearing your views.