Publication - Consultation paper

Clyde cod spawning closure 2022-2023: consultation

Published: 20 Oct 2021
Directorate:
Marine Scotland Directorate
Part of:
Marine and fisheries
ISBN:
9781802015133

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.

Clyde cod spawning closure 2022-2023: consultation
Proposal for the Closure in 2022/23

Proposal for the Closure in 2022/23

19. The proposal on which we are seeking views is to continue all of the measures which applied in respect of the 2020/21 closure in 2022/23. Therefore, as in previous years, the 2022/23 closure will provide for fishing restrictions in two areas in the Clyde from 14 February 2022 to 30 April 2022 and 14 February 2023 to 30 April 2023. (Annex A).

20. Area 1 is that part of ICES statistical rectangle 39E4 which lies to the east of the peninsula of Kintyre and to the north of a straight line between 55°1818 north latitude, 05°3850 west longitude, and 55°0030 north latitude, 05°0924 west longitude.

21. Area 2 is that part of ICES statistical rectangle 39E4 which lies to the north of a straight line between 55°1757 north latitude, 05°4754 west longitude and 55°0000 north latitude, 05°2100 west longitude and to the south of a straight line between 55°1818 north latitude, 05°3850 west longitude and 55°0030 north latitude, 05°0924 west longitude[9].

22. The intention is to protect key spawning grounds (Areas 1 and 2) whilst leaving other areas such as the North Channel and remainder of the Firth of Clyde open with the aim of enabling fishermen to work elsewhere during the closure.


Contact

Email: rosanne.dinsdale@gov.scot