Future Catching Policy: Scottish Government response to consultation analysis report

Scottish Government response to public consultation on Future Catching Policy (FCP)


1. Future fisheries: management strategy - 2020 to 2030 - gov.scot (www.gov.scot)

2. The Marine Strategy Regulations 2010 (legislation.gov.uk)

3. Marine strategy part one: UK updated assessment and Good Environmental Status - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk), Marine strategy part two: UK marine monitoring programmes - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk), Marine strategy part three: UK programme of measures - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

4. Fisheries Act 2020 (legislation.gov.uk)

5. Joint_Fisheries_Statement_JFS_2022_Final.pdf (publishing.service.gov.uk)

6. Minimum Conservation Reference Size or "MCRS" is the minimum size that a fish must be in order to be sold for human consumption. The MCRS measure is intended to protect small, undersized fish from being targeted by helping prevent markets for small, undersized fish

7. For the purposes of apportionment, Additional Quota is all quota which the UK secures as an independent Coastal State above the Existing Quota baseline figures. For stocks where the UK holds a share of the Total Allowable Catch, the Existing Quota share is defined as the UK's Relative Stability [RS] share, plus the average Hague Preference [HP] gains between 2014-20 for the applicable stocks

8. Ensuring Long Term Sustainability From Scotland's Marine Resources - Remote Electronic Monitoring (REM) Consultation

9. The UK Marine Strategy provides a framework for assessing and monitoring the status of our seas and to put in place the measures needed to achieving Good Environmental Status (GES). For cetaceans, seals and seabirds, evaluation of GES includes an assessment of the conservation impacts of bycatch mortality, with an objective that the long-term viability of these populations is not threatened by bycatch.

10. The UK Bycatch Mitigation Initiative sets out actions that administrations will take to minimise and, where possible, eliminate bycatch and entanglement of sensitive marine species in UK waters thereby meeting our domestic and international obligations

11. The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations (as amended following EU Exit) makes it an offence to deliberately capture, kill or disturb certain animals, and includes provisions related to bycatch, for example, the requirement to establish a system to monitor the incidental capture and killing of certain species.

12. The OSPAR Convention includes a requirement to take necessary measures to protect and conserve biological diversity and to collect and review information on human activities and their effects on biological diversity. Marine mammal bycatch and marine bird abundance are included as indicators.

13. Retained EU Regulation (EU) 2019/1241 (as amended following EU Exit) lays out the technical measures aimed at conserving fisheries resources and protecting marine ecosystems including an objective to "ensure that incidental catches of sensitive marine species that result from fishing are minimised and where possible eliminated such that they do not represent a threat to the conservation status of these species."

14. Outer Hebrides Inshore Fisheries Pilot: year one report - gov.scot (www.gov.scot)

15. Fisheries management strategy 2020 to 2030: delivery plan - gov.scot (www.gov.scot)

16. Regulation (EU) 2016/2336 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 December 2016 establishing specific conditions for fishing for deep-sea stocks in the north-east Atlantic and provisions for fishing in international waters of the north-east, as amended following EU Exit

17. Marine litter strategy - gov.scot (www.gov.scot)


Email: ffm@gov.scot

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