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Marine Scotland - Red Rocks and Longay stakeholder meeting summary - Alasdair Hughson – Scottish Creel Fisherman’s Federation (SCFF): 26 November 2021

Published: 16 Dec 2021
Date of meeting: 26 Nov 2021

Minutes from the Marine Scotland - Red Rocks and Longay stakeholder meeting on 26 November.

Published:
16 Dec 2021
Marine Scotland - Red Rocks and Longay stakeholder meeting summary - Alasdair Hughson – Scottish Creel Fisherman’s Federation (SCFF): 26 November 2021

Attendees and apologies

  • Alasdair Hughson, Scottish Creel Fishermen’s Federation (SCFF) Chair
  • Suz Henderson, NatureScot
  • Mathew Leslie, Marine Scotland
  • Lily Burke, Marine Scotland

Items and actions

Agenda

  • welcome and Introductions
  • background on Red Rocks and Longay MPA
  • update on latest flapper skate surveys
  • proposed extended boundary
  • next steps and consultation
  • discussion – question/comments on presentation and document provided

Marine Scotland gave a presentation covering agenda items one to five.

General points

The general meeting points discussed were:

  • no issue raised with proposed extended area but would prefer boundary moved to west of Red Rocks. Marine Scotland advised to submit comments on the existing boundary during the public consultation
  • did not feel the interim measures for scallop diving were proportionate to the risk to the eggs. Marine Scotland advised that evidence regarding potential risks from diving should be submitted during the public consultation for the permanent site
  • divers are less likely to report findings such as these in future due to the implementation of measures which are in their opinion not proportionate
  • Marine Scotland noted it would useful to be provided with an indication of the fishing activity by scallop divers within the whole MPA to inform the socio-economic assessment for the permanent site

Action point

Marine Scotland will contact SCFF to arrange an additional meeting to discuss socio-economic data for scallop diving.