Fishing vessel weekly licence variations 22 December 2023

Scottish fishing vessel licence variations announced on 22 December 2023

Licence condition changes 

Producer Organisation/Non-Producer Organisation Group

Type of Licence

Licence conditions text amendment

Effective date

ALL groups


Removal of licence condition: Outer Hebrides Inshore Pilot (expired)

AU/AUP /AO – condition(s) 5.23 & 5.24  

5.23 From 0001 hours on 5 November 2021 until 2359 hours on 4 October 2023, the vessel to which this licence relates may not fish using
creels(1) within the "Outer Hebrides Pilot Project Area", save for where a letter of derogation ("Letter of Derogation") has been granted to the
licence holder of the vessel by the Scottish Ministers and subject always to condition 5.24.
The Outer Hebrides Pilot Project Area is the geographical area which forms part of the Scottish marine region for the Outer Hebrides(2), bounded
in the north by a line at 58° heading due to east from the Isle of Lewis near Sidhean Geodh" a" Chudaig; bounded on the south by a line at 56°
43.870" N; and bounded on the west by the Barra Head (Berneray) to Harris Protected Area(3) and shown outlined on the map - (but which map is demonstrative only).
(1) All reference to "creel(s)" in conditions 5.23 and 5.24 have the meaning given in article 2 of the Marking of Creel (Scotland) Order 2020, SSI
2020 No 168.
(2) The Scottish Marine Regions Order 2015,SSI 2015 No. 193
(3) The Inshore Fishing (Prohibition of Fishing Methods) (Outer Hebrides) Order 2017, SSI 2017 No. 48

5.24 Where a letter of Derogation is granted in terms of condition 5.23, above, the following conditions shall apply:
a. The maximum number of creels which may be set on the seabed at any one time by the vessel in the Outer Hebrides Pilot Project Area shall be
limited in accordance with the overall length of the said vessel as follows:
Overall length of vessel Maximum number of creels
<8 meters 800
.8-10 meters 1200
>10-12 meters 1500
>12 meters 1800
b.The soak time of each individual creel set on the seabed from the vessel in the Outer Hebrides Pilot Project Area, shall be limited to a maximum
of 3 weeks from time the said creel is set on the seabed;
c.Marine Scotland may, at their discretion, require remote electonic monitoring ("REM") equipment to be installed in the vessel; and
d. The letter of Derogation granted in terms of condition 5.23 must be retained aboard the vessel at all times to be made available for inspection on
request by a British Sea Fishery Office(1)
(1) "British Sea Fishery Officer" has the meaning given by section 7 of the Sea Fisheries Act 1986 (c.77).

0001 hours on 24 December 2023


Organisation/ Non-producer Organisation Group  Type of Licence Species Area of Sea Limit Effective Date

10 Metre and Under- Non PO (Moray Firth)

AU Mackerel  Moray Firth  CLOSED 2359 hours on 23 December 2023

10 Metre and Under- Non PO (Shetland) 
(See hailing in and out instructions) 

AU Mackerel  Shetland CLOSED 2359 hours on 23 December 2023

10 Metre and Under- Non PO (Orkney)

AU Mackerel  Orkney CLOSED 2359 hours on 23 December 2023

10 Metre and Under- Non PO (IVb) 

AU Mackerel  IVb  CLOSED 2359 hours on 23 December 2023

For information:

Fishing vessel quota limits tables 2023 - showing the quota limits applicable to both 10m and under non-PO and over 10m non-sector vessels.

Fisheries closures table 2023 - showing the current status of fish stocks following the issue and publication of the above variations (if any).

Lerwick (Shetland) administered AU (10m and under) vessels

From 1 May 2023, all AU licensed vessels must hail into and out of port to either of the following contacts:

By text is 07771396483. No calls will be answered on the number.

By email:

The following details must be included in your message

On departure the vessel name, PLN, name of master, port of departure and date/time of departure.
On return the vessel name, PLN, name of master, port of return and date/time of return.

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