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Management Of The Scottish Inshore Fisheries; Assessing The Options For Change

Published: 7 Jan 2015
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Marine and fisheries
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An analysis of the impacts from different options for the management of the Scottish Inshore fisheries. In particular, the report provides an appraisal of scenarios related to restrictions on the use of mobile fishing gears within one and three nautical m

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Management Of The Scottish Inshore Fisheries; Assessing The Options For Change
9 THE BASELINE: SOUTH WEST IFG (IFG 1)

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9 THE BASELINE: SOUTH WEST IFG ( IFG 1)

9.1 Introduction to Area

The South West IFG includes the old Clyde IFG, the southern half of the former Mull and the Small Isles IFG and the Solway IFG. As shown in the figure below its borders cover the west coasts of Argyll and Bute L.A. and Dumfries &Galloway L.A. and, in the Clyde Estuary, South Ayrshire L.A. , North Ayrshire and Arran L.A., Inverclyde L.A., Renfrew L.A. and West Dumbarton L.A. and Glasgow City L.A.

Figure 9. 1 South West Map

Figure 9. 1 South West Map

Section 20.3 of this report estimated the (notional) populations of the IFG areas by allocating data zones to the nearest IFG. The population of the South West IFG was estimated to be 2,258,654 which is 45% of the Scottish population. The South West and East IFG together account for a notional 92% of the entire Scottish Population. The proximity to large centres of population would suggest that actual and potential flows of benefits and costs to recreational users of the inshore environment, as well as general public could be large relative to the equivalent flows associated with commercial fisheries.

Sea angling, which was at one time extremely popular, has diminished markedly particularly in the Clyde system, largely because of the absence of mature finfish to catch. Sea angling is however still very important to the economy of the Solway Coast and is highly regarded outside of the Clyde system, particularly around Mull, the Sound of Jura and Loch Etive. Several charter boats operate in the IFG waters from the regions ports, and much sea angling takes place from the shore. Areas of highest activity are generally those most accessible and nearest to the urban areas in the region.

The IFG region is of particular interest to scuba divers due to its diverse rocky habitats and clear waters offering sheltered conditions. Several charter vessel operators offer diving trips and there is also significant independent diving activity. Again because of the proximity to urban areas, the Clyde is an important centre for sub aqua as well as sailing and sea kayaking. Marine wildlife watching is an important attraction for the area with numerous operators of wildlife tours and vessels across the region. Marine species of particular note for supporting this sector in the region are whales, dolphins, puffins, sea eagles and seals.

There are three fishery districts; Campbeltown, Ayr and Oban; important second level ports and a number of small fishing villages covering inter alia the many islands of the area. The table below presents the ports administered by each Fishery District

Table 9.1. South West IFG Fishery Offices and Administered Ports

Ayr ( FO*) Campbeltown ( FO*) Oban ( FO*)
Annan Ardrishaig Coll
Ayr Arran Fort William
Ballantrae Bruichladdich Loch Buie (Mull)
Cumbraes Bute Loch Scridain (Mull)
Drummore Campbeltown Luing
Dunure Carradale Oban
Girvan Colonsay Tiree
Kirkcudbright Crinan Tobermory
Largs Gigha
Greenock Islay
Maidens Jura
Portpatrick Port Askaig
Stranraer Port Ellen
Troon Tarbert
Saltcoats Tayinloan
Whithorn Tayvallich
West Loch Tarbert

The IFG region is a nationally important fishing ground to the mobile gear Nephrops fleet. In addition there is some seasonal visiting effort from the east coast. The nephrop trawler fleet in the IFG use either single or twin rig trawls targeting Nephrops throughout the year. Outside the Clyde, the main fishing grounds are in more open waters, though particularly during periods of poor weather inshore grounds can be can be important for income generation in more sheltered conditions. Around half of all Nephrops are exported overseas, either fresh or frozen. The main export markets are Spain, France and Italy.

The creel fishing fleet in the region target Nephrops, brown crab, velvet crab and lobster, depending on habitat types. Many vessels opportunistically prosecute different fisheries on a seasonal basis dependent upon availability, whilst others may specialise in one particular fishery. Whilst it is possible to make a fairly clear delineation of targeted Nephrops fishing, due to specific gear types, it is more difficult to do so with the mixed crab and lobster fisheries where it is often difficult to separate any target component. Seasonal variations between crabs and lobsters are an added complication

Whilst a majority of region's creelers are small under 10 m vessels working day trips, there are larger vessels operating static gear within the region. The creel fleet is not necessarily centred on large ports and harbours in the same way as the mobile gear fleet and small vessels operate may throughout the region from many isolated locations. Creel vessels can operate from moorings, and may land catches ashore via a tender if pier/quay facilities are absent.

Lobster is fished with creels year round on hard ground, although peak periods of demand for this premium product include Christmas and Easter. The velvet crab fishery is targeted by smaller inshore vessels on shallow hard grounds close to shore. In addition to landings from the targeted fishery a significant amount may be landed as by catch from the crab and lobster fishery

A significant component of the scallop fishing effort comes from the nomadic scalloping fleet of larger vessels of up to 30 m length, some of which are based in the region, and which work waters around the UK on a cyclical basis. In addition there are smaller resident vessels targeting the scallop fishery year round, as well as some seasonal effort from some vessels seasonally switching from the Nephrops trawl fishery. Scallops are also exploited by hand with scuba diving equipment with the scallops being sold live as a premium product.

9.2 Active Vessels by District and Gear Type

Table 9.2. South West Active Vessels by District and Gear Type

10 m & under Ayr Campbeltown Oban Total
Nephrop Trawls 12 6 4 22
Creel fishing 52 80 70 202
Other 11 8 8 27
Total 75 94 82 251
Over 10 m Pelagic Purse seine - - -
Pelagic trawl - - -
Other - - -
Total - - -
Demersal Trawl 8 4 5 17
Seine - - -
Lines 14 - - 14
Other 7 - - 7
Total 29 4 5 38
Shellfish Nephrop trawls 18 28 7 53
Creel fishing 3 8 13 24
Other 31 9 10 50
Total 52 45 30 127
Total Over 10 m 81 49 35 165
Total All Vessels 156 143 117 416

Source: Scottish Sea Fisheries Statistics 2012 , Table 2.5

The 10m and under segment is dominated by creels. Shellfish vessels account for 77% of the over 10m fleet with nephrop trawls making up 47% of the over 10m shellfish segment.

9.3 South West Employment by District

Table 9.3. South West IFG Catching Sector Employment

District Regularly Employed Irregularly Employed Total
Ayr 507 74 581
Campbeltown 279 44 323
Oban 231 - 231
Total 1017 118 1135

Of all the IFGs, the South West area has the greatest number catching jobs. The absence of part-time or irregular work in the catching sector in Oban is unusual. For most other fishery districts across Scotland, 10-30% of all catching jobs were irregular or part-time.

9.4 South West IFG Landings

Table 9.4. South West IFG Landings (£'000) by District by All Vessels and Scottish Vessels

All Vessels Scottish Vessels
District Total demersal Total pelagic Total shellfish Total landings Total Landings
Ayr £6 £15 £13,915 £13,936 £12,693
Campbeltown £17 £97 £15,961 £16,075 £12,879
Oban £30 £1 £8,787 £8,818 £8,380
Total £53 £113 £38,663 £38,829 £33,952

A relatively small proportion of landings are by non-Scottish vessels. Most of these will be from Northern Ireland or English vessels landing Nephrops and scallops to Scottish ports administered by Campbeltown and Ayr Districts. Demersal and pelagic landings are now insignificant and the above data highlights how the inshore fishery has changed significantly since the early 1980s

9.5 MPA's and Legislation & Regulations specific to the IFG Area

There are six MPAs within the IFG area. In the table below we have estimated the area of both the 0-1 NM and 0-3 NM that would be covered by an MPA site. For the South West IFG there are 6 relevant IFGs

Table 9.5.1 IFG 1: MPAs in the South West IFG in 0-1 NM and 0-3 NM zone

MPA Area ( KM) within 0-1 NM Area ( KM) within 0-3 NM
South Arran 106.9 281.4
Clyde Sea Sill 66.0 174.0
Loch Creran 12.0 12.0
Upper Loch Fyne and Loch Goil 86.0 86.0
Loch Sween 37.2 37.2
Loch Sunart to the Sound of Jura 472.8 620.0
Total 780.9 1210.6

The area has a number of prohibitions including a complete ban on fishing in Lamlash Bay and constraints on fishing activity due to the EU Cod Recovery Plan and operations associated with naval bases in the Clyde system.

Measure Explanatory Notes
Maximum length of a fishing vessel There is a size limit for fishing boats in the Clyde. Prohibition of fishing for any species of sea fish (except herring, mackerel and sprats) from a fishing boat with an overall length not greater than 70ft/21.34 meters
Limited number of fishing days at sea This regulation effectively limits vessels targeting Nephrops with 80-99 mm mesh size to 25 days at sea per month within the Clyde Area. Since 2003 Annex XVII of Regulation ( EC) No. 2341/2002, which establishes fishing effort and additional conditions for monitoring, inspection and surveillance for the recovery of certain cod stocks.
Mesh sizes for Nephrops Nets for Nephrops fishing must have a stretched mesh size of not less than 80 mm (80 mm for twin rig). 80 mm within whole of West of Scotland cod recovery zone.
Ban on using mobile fishing gear during the weekend The weekend ban on mobile gear was introduced in 1986. Prohibition of use of mobile or active gear from midnight on Friday until midnight on Sunday from January 1st to December 31st in each year.
Prohibition of all fishing. Prohibition of all fishing for sea fish in an area of Lamlash Bay, Arran.
Protection for undersized Nephrops Prohibition of landing and selling Nephrops with a carapace of less than 20 mm (Annex 12 on 850- 98). Prohibition of landing and selling Nephrops tails of <37 mm length (Annex 12 on 850-98).
Protection for herring stocks 1 Jan to 30 April all Clyde closed to herring fishing north of a line from Mull of Kintyre to Corsewall Point. The target species needs to represent at least 50% of the catch. Herring by-catch, maximum 50 kg per boat.
Scallops Limit on number of scallop dredges that can be towed. Only eight scallop dredges may be towed each side of a fishing vessel, i.e. a total of 16 are towed.
Cod box The 'cod box' was a temporary measure introduced 1st March to 30th April 2001 designed to protect cod at spawning time. The 'cod box' is now a National Order on an annual basis. Minimum 35% of Nephrops target in catch.
Ballantrae Banks The Ballantrae Banks to protect herring spawning grounds. Ballantrae Banks, being the area of waters bounded by a line drawn from a point on the mainland at 55°04'.9 North latitude and 5°01'.6 West longitude (Downan Point) to a point at 5°04'.9 North latitude and 5°06 West longitude; thence to a point 55°09'04 North latitude and 5°06' West longitude; and thence to a point on the mainland at 55°08'.3 North latitude and 4°59'.7 West longitude (Bennane Head). Prohibition of use of mobile or active gear from 1st February to 30th April in each year. Also Ballantrae Banks.
Loch Ryan Loch Ryan, within a straight line drawn from a point on the mainland at 55°01'.1 North latitude and 5°05'.8 West longitude (Miieur Point) to a point on the mainland at 55°00'.65 North latitude and 05°03'.2 West longitude (Garry Point). Prohibition of mobile or active gear from January1st December 31st in each year except dredging for mussels and oysters.
Queens Harbour & Gare Loch Queens Harbour. Restricted access to Loch Long, Loch Long and Gare Loch. A permit has to be sought from the Queens Harbour Master. The Gare Loch, within a straight line a straight line drawn from a point on the mainland at 55°59'.26 North latitude and 4*46'.01 West longitude (Rosneath Point) to a point on the mainland at 55*58'.31 North latitude and 4°42'.25 West longitude (Ardmore Head) Prohibition of use of mobile or active gear from 1st January to 31st December in each year.
Naval use of the seabed Various areas of the seabed are used by the Navy/ MOD. Fishing activity is restricted or excluded from these areas, i.e. Queens Harbour – Lochs Long, Goil, Gare Loch and part of eastern Loch Fyne.

The baseline catch estimates are presented below.

9.6 South West Baseline Catch Estimates ( IFG 1)

9.6.1 South West Zone 0-1 nm

Table 9.6.2 IFG 1: Catch Value by Gear Type by Vessels 15m or Under in 0-1 NM zone

SOUTH WEST 1nm DEMERSAL PELAGIC NEPHROPS SCALLOPS OTHER SHELLFISH TOTAL
Demersal Trawl Val £3,432 £0 £0 £0 £0 £3,432
Nephrops Trawl Val £0 £0 £1,984,773 £0 £0 £1,984,773
Pelagic Lines Val £0 £4,908 £0 £0 £0 £4,908
Dredge Val £0 £0 £0 £251,840 £0 £251,840
Pots Val £0 £0 £3,222,844 £0 £2,549,887 £5,772,731
Hand Dive Val £0 £0 £0 £888,723 £73,938 £962,661
Total Val £3,432 £4,908 £5,207,617 £1,140,563 £2,623,825 £8,980,345

Table 9.6.3 IFG 1: Catch Value and Volume by Gear Type by Vessels Over 15m in 0-1 NM zone

SOUTH WEST 1 NM DEMERSAL PELAGIC NEPHROPS KING SCALLOPS QUEEN SCALLOPS OTHER SHELLFISH TOTAL
Demersal
Trawl
Val £10 £0 £12,954 £0 £0 £0 £12,964
Vol 0 0 4 0 0 0 4
Nephrops
Trawl
Val £7,482 £0 £1,808,802 £0 £25,386 £330 £1,842,000
Vol 6 0 715 0 57 0 777
Pelagic
Trawl
Val £0 £76,674 £0 £0 £0 £0 £76,674
Vol 0 223 0 0 0 0 223
Other
Trawl
Val £0 £0 £1,580 £0 £0 £0 £1,580
Vol 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Dredge Val £48 £0 £0 £1,493,885 £48,734 £0 £1,542,667
Vol 0 0 0 769 122 0 891
Pots Val £18 £0 £8,742 £0 £0 £153 £8,913
Vol 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
Total Val £7,558 £76,674 £1,832,078 £1,493,885 £74,120 £483 £3,484,797
Vol 6 223 721 769 179 0 1,899

Table 9.6.4 IFG 1: Catch Value by Gear Type by all Vessels in 0-1 NM zone

SOUTH WEST 1nm DEMERSAL PELAGIC NEPHROPS SCALLOPS OTHER SHELLFISH TOTAL
Demersal Trawl Val £3,442 £0 £12,954 £0 £0 £16,396
Nephrops Trawl Val £7,482 £0 £3,793,575 £25,386 £330 £3,826,773
Pelagic Trawl Val £0 £76,674 £0 £0 £0 £76,674
Pelagic Lines Val £0 £4,908 £0 £0 £0 £4,908
Other Trawl Val £0 £0 £1,580 £0 £0 £1,580
Dredge Val £48 £0 £0 £1,794,459 £0 £1,794,507
Pots Val £18 £0 £3,231,586 £0 £2,550,040 £5,781,644
Hand Dive Val £0 £0 £0 £888,723 £73,938 £962,661
Total Val £10,990 £81,581 £7,039,695 £2,708,568 £2,624,308 £12,465,142

9.6.2 South West Zone 0-3 nm

Table 9.6.5 IFG 1: Catch Value by Gear Type by Vessels 15m or Under in 0-3 NM zone

SOUTH WEST 3nm DEMERSAL PELAGIC NEPHROPS SCALLOPS OTHER SHELLFISH TOTAL
Demersal Trawl Val £5,508 £0 £0 £0 £0 £5,508
Nephrops Trawl Val £0 £0 £3,832,133 £0 £0 £3,832,133
Pelagic Lines Val £0 £8,659 £0 £0 £0 £8,659
Dredge Val £0 £0 £0 £587,939 £0 £587,939
Pots Val £0 £0 £4,730,752 £0 £4,034,353 £8,765,106
Hand Dive Val £0 £0 £0 £1,124,285 £87,277 £1,211,562
Total Val £5,508 £8,659 £8,562,886 £1,712,224 £4,121,630 £14,410,907

Table 9.6.6 IFG 1: Catch Value and Volume by Gear Type by Vessels Over 15m in 0-3 NM zone

SOUTH WEST 3 NM DEMERSAL PELAGIC NEPHROPS KING SCALLOPS QUEEN SCALLOPS OTHER SHELLFISH TOTAL
Demersal
Trawl
Val £153 £0 £27,991 £0 £0 £0 £28,144
Vol 0 0 8 0 0 0 8
Nephrops
Trawl
Val £19,467 £0 £4,099,125 £0 £31,028 £1,010 £4,150,629
Vol 15 0 1,667 0 70 0 1,752
Pelagic
Trawl
Val £0 £82,842 £0 £0 £0 £0 £82,842
Vol 0 238 0 0 0 0 238
Other
Trawl
Val £0 £0 £5,428 £0 £0 £0 £5,428
Vol 0 0 3 0 0 0 3
Dredge Val £49 £0 £0 £2,534,477 £141,861 £0 £2,676,387
Vol 0 0 0 1,290 359 0 1,648
Pots Val £18 £0 £14,204 £0 £0 £3,608 £17,830
Vol 0 0 4 0 0 3 8
Total Val £19,686 £82,842 £4,146,749 £2,534,477 £172,889 £4,618 £6,961,260
Vol 15 238 1,682 1,290 428 4 3,657

Table 9.6.7 IFG 1: Catch Value by Gear Type by all Vessels in 0-3 NM zone

SOUTH WEST 3nm DEMERSAL PELAGIC NEPHROPS SCALLOPS OTHER SHELLFISH TOTAL
Demersal Trawl Val £5,660 £0 £27,991 £0 £0 £33,652
Nephrops Trawl Val £19,467 £0 £7,931,258 £31,028 £1,010 £7,982,763
Pelagic Trawl Val £0 £82,842 £0 £0 £0 £82,842
Pelagic Lines Val £0 £8,659 £0 £0 £0 £8,659
Other Trawl Val £0 £0 £5,428 £0 £0 £5,428
Dredge Val £49 £0 £0 £3,264,277 £0 £3,264,326
Pots Val £18 £0 £4,744,957 £0 £4,037,961 £8,782,936
Hand Dive Val £0 £0 £0 £1,124,285 £87,277 £1,211,562
Total Val £25,194 £91,501 £12,709,635 £4,419,590 £4,126,248 £21,372,167

9.6.3 South West Zone 0-6 nm

Table 9.6.8 IFG 1: Catch Value by Gear Type by Vessels 15m or under in 0-6 NM zone

SOUTH WEST 6nm DEMERSAL PELAGIC NEPHROPS SCALLOPS OTHER SHELLFISH TOTAL
Demersal Trawl Val £7,049 £0 £0 £0 £0 £7,049
Nephrops Trawl Val £0 £0 £5,403,829 £0 £0 £5,403,829
Pelagic Lines Val £0 £10,576 £0 £0 £0 £10,576
Dredge Val £0 £0 £0 £836,415 £0 £836,415
Pots Val £0 £0 £5,718,099 £0 £5,116,642 £10,834,741
Hand Dive Val £0 £0 £0 £1,259,792 £90,887 £1,350,679
Total Val £7,049 £10,576 £11,121,928 £2,096,208 £5,207,529 £18,443,289

Table 9.6.9 IFG 1: Catch Value and Volume by Gear Type by Vessels Over 15m in 0-6 NM zone

SOUTH WEST 6nm DEMERSAL PELAGIC NEPHROPS KING SCALLOPS QUEEN SCALLOPS OTHER SHELLFISH TOTAL
Demersal
Trawl
Val £230 £0 £41,064 £0 £0 £0 £41,294
Vol 0 0 12 0 0 0 12
Nephrops
Trawl
Val £37,501 £0 £6,013,675 £0 £33,908 £1,620 £6,086,704
Vol 28 0 2,518 0 76 1 2,623
Pelagic
Trawl
Val £0 £85,729 £0 £0 £0 £0 £85,729
Vol 0 244 0 0 0 0 244
Other
Trawl
Val £0 £0 £7,016 £0 £0 £0 £7,016
Vol 0 0 3 0 0 0 3
Dredge Val £49 £0 £0 £2,818,513 £239,661 £0 £3,058,223
Vol 0 0 0 1,431 609 0 2,041
Pots Val £18 £0 £17,270 £0 £0 £20,750 £38,038
Vol 0 0 6 0 0 18 23
Total Val £37,799 £85,729 £6,079,024 £2,818,513 £273,569 £22,370 £9,317,004
Vol 29 244 2,539 1,431 685 18 4,947

Table 9.6.10 IFG 1: Catch Value by Gear Type by all Vessels in 0-6 NM zone

SOUTH WEST 6nm DEMERSAL PELAGIC NEPHROPS SCALLOPS OTHER SHELLFISH TOTAL
Demersal Trawl Val £0 £41,064 £0 £0 £48,343
Nephrops Trawl Val £37,501 £0 £11,417,504 £33,908 £1,620 £11,490,533
Pelagic Trawl Val £0 £85,729 £0 £0 £0 £85,729
Pelagic Lines Val £0 £10,576 £0 £0 £0 £10,576
Other Trawl Val £0 £0 £7,016 £0 £0 £7,016
Dredge Val £49 £0 £0 £3,894,589 £0 £3,894,639
Pots Val £18 £0 £5,735,368 £0 £5,137,392 £10,872,778
Hand Dive Val £0 £0 £0 £1,259,792 £90,887 £1,350,679
Total Val £44,847 £96,305 £17,200,952 £5,188,290 £5,229,899 £27,760,292

9.6.4 South West Zone 0-12 nm

Table 9.6.11 IFG 1: Catch Value by Gear Type by Vessels 15m or under in 0-12 NM zone

SOUTH WEST 12nm DEMERSAL PELAGIC NEPHROPS SCALLOPS OTHER SHELLFISH TOTAL
Demersal Trawl Val £0 £0 £0 £0 £7,395
Nephrops Trawl Val £0 £0 £5,678,325 £0 £0 £5,678,325
Pelagic Lines Val £0 £10,872 £0 £0 £0 £10,872
Dredge Val £0 £0 £0 £934,656 £0 £934,656
Pots Val £0 £0 £5,715,357 £0 £5,360,698 £11,076,055
Hand Dive Val £0 £0 £0 £1,259,792 £90,887 £1,350,679
Total Val £7,395 £10,872 £11,393,682 £2,194,449 £5,451,585 £19,057,982

Table 9.6.12 IFG 1: Catch Value and Volume by Gear Type by Vessels Over 15m in 0-12 NM zone

SOUTH WEST 12nm DEMERSAL PELAGIC NEPHROPS KING SCALLOPS QUEEN SCALLOPS OTHER SHELLFISH TOTAL
Demersal
Trawl
Val £565 £0 £98,701 £0 £0 £0 £99,265
Vol 0 0 29 0 0 0 29
Nephrops
Trawl
Val £107,157 £0 £6,887,836 £0 £134,278 £3,506 £7,132,777
Vol 79 0 2,834 0 298 1 3,213
Pelagic
Trawl
Val £0 £86,602 £0 £0 £0 £0 £86,602
Vol 0 247 0 0 0 0 247
Other
Trawl
Val £0 £0 £7,016 £0 £0 £0 £7,016
Vol 0 0 3 0 0 0 3
Dredge Val £199 £0 £0 £3,033,275 £1,260,367 £0 £4,293,841
Vol 0 0 0 1,541 3,159 0 4,700
Pots Val £18 £0 £18,357 £0 £0 £185,240 £203,614
Vol 0 0 6 0 0 156 162
Total Val £107,938 £86,602 £7,011,909 £3,033,275 £1,394,645 £188,745 £11,823,115
Vol 80 247 2,873 1,541 3,457 157 8,355

Table 9.6.13 IFG 1: Catch Value by Gear Type by all Vessels in 0-12 NM zone

SOUTH WEST 12nm DEMERSAL PELAGIC NEPHROPS SCALLOPS OTHER SHELLFISH TOTAL
Demersal Trawl Val £7,960 £0 £98,701 £0 £0 £106,661
Nephrops Trawl Val £107,157 £0 £12,566,161 £134,278 £3,506 £12,811,102
Pelagic Trawl Val £0 £86,602 £0 £0 £0 £86,602
Pelagic Lines Val £0 £10,872 £0 £0 £0 £10,872
Other Trawl Val £0 £0 £7,016 £0 £0 £7,016
Dredge Val £199 £0 £0 £5,228,298 £0 £5,228,497
Pots Val £18 £0 £5,733,713 £0 £5,545,937 £11,279,669
Hand Dive Val £0 £0 £0 £1,259,792 £90,887 £1,350,679
Total Val £115,334 £97,474 £18,405,591 £6,622,369 £5,640,330 £30,881,097

9.6.5 South West Summary Tables

Table 9.6.14 IFG 1: Catch Value by Gear From Shore to Zones Outer Limits

S. WEST 1nm % 3nm % 6nm % 12nm %
Demersal Trawl £16,396 0.1% £33,652 0.2% £48,343 0.2% £106,661 0.3%
Nephrops Trawl £3,826,773 30.7% £7,982,763 37.4% £11,490,533 41.4% £12,811,102 41.5%
Pelagic Trawl £76,674 0.6% £82,842 0.4% £85,729 0.3% £86,602 0.3%
Pelagic Lines £4,908 0.0% £8,659 0.0% £10,576 0.0% £10,872 0.0%
Other Trawl £1,580 0.0% £5,428 0.0% £7,016 0.0% £7,016 0.0%
Dredge £1,794,507 14.4% £3,264,326 15.3% £3,894,639 14.0% £5,228,497 16.9%
Pots £5,781,644 46.4% £8,782,936 41.1% £10,872,778 39.2% £11,279,669 36.5%
Hand Dive £962,661 7.7% £1,211,562 5.7% £1,350,679 4.9% £1,350,679 4.4%
Total £12,465,142 100.0% £21,372,167 100.0% £27,760,292 100.0% £30,881,097 100.0%
% 40.4% 69.2% 89.9% 100.0%

Table 9.6.15 IFG 1: Catch Value by Gear Type For Each Zone

S. WEST 0-1nm % 1-3nm % 3-6nm % 6-12nm %
Demersal Trawl £16,396 0.1% £17,256 0.2% £14,691 0.2% £58,318 1.9%
Nephrops Trawl £3,826,773 30.7% £4,155,990 46.7% £3,507,770 54.9% £1,320,569 42.3%
Pelagic Trawl £76,674 0.6% £6,168 0.1% £2,887 0.0% £874 0.0%
Pelagic Lines £4,908 0.0% £3,752 0.0% £1,917 0.0% £295 0.0%
Other Trawl £1,580 0.0% £3,848 0.0% £1,588 0.0% £0 0.0%
Dredge £1,794,507 14.4% £1,469,819 16.5% £630,313 9.9% £1,333,858 42.7%
Pots £5,781,644 46.4% £3,001,292 33.7% £2,089,843 32.7% £406,891 13.0%
Hand Dive £962,661 7.7% £248,901 2.8% £139,117 2.2% £0 0.0%
Total £12,465,142 100.0% £8,907,025 100.0% £6,388,125 100.0% £3,120,805 100.0%

Table 9.6.16 IFG 1: Catch Value by Gear Type From Shore to Zones Outer Limits

1nm % 3nm % 6nm % 12nm %
Fixed £5,781,644 46.4% £8,782,936 41.1% £10,872,778 39.2% £11,279,669 36.5%
Mobile £5,715,929 45.9% £11,369,010 53.2% £15,526,259 55.9% £18,239,877 59.1%
Other £967,569 7.8% £1,220,221 5.7% £1,361,255 4.9% £1,361,551 4.4%
Total £12,465,142 100.0% £21,372,167 100.0% £27,760,292 100.0% £30,881,097 100.0%

Table 9.6.17 IFG 1: Catch Value by Vessel Size From Shore to Zones Outer Limits

1nm % 3nm % 6nm % 12nm %
Small £8,980,345 72.0% £14,410,907 67.4% £18,443,289 66.4% £19,057,982 61.7%
Large £3,484,797 28.0% £6,961,260 32.6% £9,317,004 33.6% £11,823,115 38.3%
Total £12,465,142 100.0% £21,372,167 100.0% £27,760,292 100.0% £30,881,097 100.0%

Table 9.6.18 IFG 1: Catch Value by Fin Fish and Shellfish From Shore to Zones Outer Limits

S. WEST 1nm % 3nm % 6nm % 12nm %
Finfish £92,572 0.7% £116,695 0.5% £141,152 0.5% £212,808 0.7%
Shellfish £12,372,570 99.3% £21,255,472 99.5% £27,619,140 99.5% £30,668,290 99.3%
Total £1 2 ,465,142 100.0% £21,372,167 100.0% £27,760,292 100.0% £30,881,097 100.0%

From the above tables it is estimated that in 2011 the value of the landing from the IFG area (i.e. 0-6nm) by Scottish vessels was £27.76 m of which 44.9% is caught within 1 NM and 77% within 0-3 nm. Given the topography it is not surprising that relatively little is caught within 3-6nm. A large proportion of the sea area is within lochs or narrow channels (<6 NM) between land masses

A total of £12.47m was caught in the 0-1 NM zone, the comparable figure for the 1-3 NM zone was £8.91 m

Within both the 0-1 and 0-3 NM, mobile gears take a larger share of the catch than static gears and 15 m and under vessels catch significantly more than the over 15 m vessels.


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