Sea fishing - Firth of Clyde seasonal closures: Operation Galene

Operation plan detailing how Marine Scotland will monitor and ensure compliance with The Sea Fish (Prohibition On Fishing) (Firth Of Clyde) (No. 2) Order 2022.

Roles, responsibilities and resources

MS has a number of assets based within the Firth of Clyde area, including both marine and coastal assets.


MS will task a Marine Protection Vessel (MPV) to the Clyde for the first two week period following commencement of the closure and will focus on the more exposed areas.

  • the inshore protection programme (IPP) will have a Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) based at Largs marina during the first two week period of the closure. This is crewed every day and will be tasked to patrol the closures from the commencement of the order. 
  • these will be high profile patrols with the vessels AIS turned on and media publicity
  • additional assets will be tasked to the Clyde to provide essential contingency if required
  • additional staff are available by utilising Coastal Boarding Officers (CBOs) who are based at coastal officers
  • asset tasking will be reviewed periodically


  • MS also have two offices around the Clyde, one based in Campbeltown and the other in Ayr. Both are fully staffed and will be available for logistical support, communications, enforcement support and liaison with stakeholders. These will provide some of the CBOs, which will bring local knowledge.
  • other MS offices will also be available over the period bringing extra resilience


  • MS surveillance aircraft may be available for periods depending on other priorities and weather conditions

Non-operational staff

The operation may generate some media and political interest. There will be staff available from Enforcement Standards and Operational Assurance (ESOA), Performance Planning and Strategy team (PPS), policy and legal colleagues, ministerial advisors, and the communications team.

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