Information on historic fishing areas: EIR release

Information request and response under the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004.

Information requested

Information on historic fishing areas as set out in your email.


I enclose a copy of all of the information you requested as best as we can assess. You did not ask for specific date ranges on the data you requested so we have provided a heat map from September and October 2021. This shows subjective activity based on that small area and is dependent on the number of vessels moving through the area but it does not necessarily indicate any fishing activity. We have also provided 2 weeks of VMS data from June 2022 as an example of what can be provided. The VMS data can only be provided if the relevant ICES squares are provided.

In this case for the June data we have estimated the ICES squares based on the information you provided. If you think there is further information that we could provide then please let us know.

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Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
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