Publication - Progress report

Electrofishing for razor clams trial: update report - 1 February 2020 to 31 January 2021

Published: 15 Nov 2021
From:
Mairi Gougeon MSP
Directorate:
Marine Scotland Directorate
Part of:
Marine and fisheries
ISBN:
9781802016383

An update report on the Electrofishing for Razor Clams Trial from 1 February 2020 to 31 January 2021.

Electrofishing for razor clams trial: update report - 1 February 2020 to 31 January 2021
Vessel activity, landings and employment

Vessel activity, landings and employment

During the third year of the razor clam electrofishing trial 22, out of 27, eligible participants were actively participating in fishing , running from 1st of February 2020 to 31st of January 2021. Active vessels were estimated to have landed around 543 tonnes of razor clams, worth around £4.1 million.

Compared to the previous year of the trial, landings were reduced by more than a third - reflecting the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. As seen on Figure 1 and 2. below, razor clam landings significantly dropped before the beginning of the third year of the trial, likely due to the Covid-19 restrictions limiting access to the Chinese markets.

Figure 1: Monthly £ value of razor clams landed by trial vessels, February 2018 to January 2021.
A line graph showing monthly value of razor landed by trial vessels, February 2018 to January 2021.

 

Figure 2: Monthly tonnage of razor clams landed by trial vessels, February 2018 to January 2021.
A line graph showing Monthly tonnage of razor clams landed by trial vessels, February 2018 to January 2021.

While prices fluctuate between vessels, buyers and months, the average price per kilogram (kg) achieved by the trial vessels during the third year of the trial was estimated to be around £7.6 per kg (Figure 3.). This is the lowest average price per trial year yet. The lowest monthly average prices were seen after the first lockdown with the price in August being £6.8 per kilogram. The highest prices were generally seen at the end of the trial year, potentially due to the recovery of the market but also routinely coincides with Chinese new year markets.

Figure 3: Monthly average £ per kilogram price received for razor clams landed by trial vessels, February 2018 to January 2021.
A line graph showing Monthly average £ per kilogram price received for razor clams landed by trial vessels, February 2018 to January 2021.

The trial also supports further economic activity and employment for people in the wider supply chain supporting participating vessels, and transportation of the product to market. Vessels active during the third year of the trial provided employment for around 105 people, of which around 95 were regularly employed


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