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.

Desired Aims

4. This consultation document sets out the key issues that need to be considered in determining arrangements for 2022/23, subject to views received in response to this consultation.

5. The Scottish Government is requesting views on the continuation of the seasonal closure by means of an SSI. We are committed to supporting the recovery of cod stocks in Scottish waters and further afield. We wish to sustain appropriate measures that meet as far as possible the following aims:

a. to offer effective protection to the local spawning cod stock, as a contribution to the wider recovery of cod stocks; and,

b. to complement, as far as possible, other west of Scotland cod recovery or other stock management measures.



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