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Minutes from the Marine Scotland Red Rocks and Longay stakeholder meeting on 22 November 2021.
Attendees and apologies
West Coast Regional Inshore Fisheries Group (WCRIFG)
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
WCRIFG noted that there was a greater concentration of eggs within the new designated area and it is important that these eggs are protected
WCRIFG had no issues with the existing measures and felt that they were good and necessary to manage future stocks
WCRIFG thinks the boundaries are fair and Marine Scotland have shown clear and fair rationale
WCRIFG felt it was mostly lobster and crab fishers who may be affected by the increased site, however it was suggested that this would not affect the lobster fishers as much because of the depth of water
WCRIFG queried potential future research methods and working with research institutions such as Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS)
NatureScot and Marine Scotland noted research and monitoring of flapper skate continues and future information on this site will help us understand skate life history better
Marine Scotland asked for any further comments to be submitted by Monday 29.