Publication - Consultation paper

Future of fisheries management in Scotland: national discussion paper

Published: 4 Mar 2019
Directorate:
Marine Scotland Directorate
Part of:
Marine and fisheries
ISBN:
9781787815605

Seeks to start an in-depth nationwide discussion with stakeholders to help inform and develop Scotland’s Future Fisheries Management Strategy.

Future of fisheries management in Scotland: national discussion paper
Chapter 9: Innovation, Science and Technology

Chapter 9: Innovation, Science and Technology

Marine Scotland remains committed to an objective science-based approach to our fisheries policy. We are proud to contribute data and expertise to the international fisheries science effort, and will continue to improve our evidence base by co-operation with international partners and the fishing industry. Marine Scotland Science utilises cutting edge technology to underpin its wide range of research and evidence gathering on a range of marine subjects and will look for ways to apply new technology and innovation. This commitment to a high-quality, consistent and robust scientific approach means that our fisheries are supported by a strong evidence base and that our scientific efforts are recognised as world-leading.

Marine Scotland does not work alone in this and is supported by a wide range of academic and research and development organisations throughout Scotland. The fishing industry itself, and the ancillary services which support it, such as shipbuilders and net designers, are also constantly evolving the methods and equipment that they use. As the marine environment constantly changes, the way in which we harvest its resources and manage it also evolves.

We recognise that if we are to have comprehensive and cohesive fisheries management in the future then we will need to invest more to enhance Marine Scotland’s scientific base. As is the norm in many other fishing nations we believe that as the key beneficiaries of research and development, fishing businesses should contribute to the cost of delivery. We would welcome views on how this change can be implemented and how those that will be asked to provide additional funding can assist in shaping our research priorities..

Discussion point:

We recognise that if we are to have comprehensive and cohesive fisheries management in the future then we will need to invest more to enhance Marine Scotland’s scientific base.

As is the norm in many other fishing nations we believe that as the key beneficiaries of research and developement, fishing businesses should contribute to the cost of deliviery. We would welcome views on how this change can be implemented and how those that will be asked to provide additional funding can assist in shaping our research priorities.


Contact

Email: ffm@gov.scot