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.

What questions does the consultation seek to consider?

1. Do you agree with the Scottish Government's view that it is appropriate to renew the seasonal closure in the Clyde, as in previous years, to protect spawning cod, for 2022/23?

2. Do you have any views on the proposed continuation of exemptions, which have previously applied, for fishing boats fishing with scallop dredges, creels or trawls used for fishing for Norway lobsters?

3. Do you have any views on alternative or complementary measures that could be considered for the protection of cod spawning in the Firth of Clyde for 2024 and beyond?



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