Marine Scotland: Red Rocks and Longay stakeholder meeting summary - Scottish Creel Fisherman’s Federation (SCFF) - scallop diving representative - 26 November 2021

Minutes from the Marine Scotland - Red Rocks and Longay stakeholder meeting on 26 November 2021.

Attendees and apologies


  • Scottish Creel Fishermen’s Federation (SCFF)
  • NatureScot
  • Marine Scotland


Items and actions


  • 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
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