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Scottish Sea Fisheries Statistics 2017

A National Statistics publication presenting data on the Scottish and UK fishing fleet, landings and employment.

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Table 40. Number of Scottish registered vessels by main fishing method and length group as at 31st December 2017

Length group (metres)
Main fishing method 10m & under >10 -12 >12 -15 >15 -24 >24 -40 Over 40 Over 10m Total
Demersal single trawl 13 3 5 63 37 3 111 124
Demersal pair trawl - - - 7 11 - 18 18
Seine net - 1 - 8 11 - 20 20
Lines 42 - - - 9 1 10 52
Demersal gill nets 5 - - - 3 - 3 8
Demersal twin/mult trawl - - - 13 4 - 17 17
Beam trawl - - - - 3 1 4 4
Other demersal 2 - - - 1 - 1 3
Demersal total 62 4 5 91 79 5 184 246
Purse seine - - - - - 3 3 3
Pelagic trawl - - - - 1 16 17 17
Pelagic total - - - - 1 19 20 20
Creel fishing 1,323 86 10 11 1 - 108 1,431
Nephrops trawl 67 33 37 89 3 - 162 229
Mechanical dredging 17 7 19 36 13 2 77 94
Suction dredging - 1 - - - - 1 1
Shell fishing by hand 34 9 1 - - - 10 44
Shellfish total 1,441 136 67 136 17 2 358 1,799
Total 1,503 140 72 227 97 26 562 2,065

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