Share your views on sustainable fisheries administration
The Marine Scotland directorate of the Scottish Authorities at the moment has two consultations open as a part of the 10-year Future Fisheries Administration Technique to ship on sustainable fisheries administration in Scotland.
Stakeholders have till 7 June 2022 to share their views on fishing actions and digital monitoring exercise in Scotland’s waters by the respective Future Catching Coverage (FCP) session and Distant Digital Monitoring (REM) session.
The FCP session outlines proposals to Be sure that fishing vessels working in Scottish waters are endeavor sustainable fishing practices. and goals to deal with long-standing points round bycatch (unintentional catching of particular fish and different marine species) to minimise environmental and ecological harm.
We are going to work in partnership with trade, scientists and environmental teams to co-develop administration measures to deal with discarding, and to scale back catches of undesirable fish and keep away from bycatch of delicate marine species, resembling seabirds, seals and dolphins, preserving them for future generations. The FCP session additionally seeks views on extra administration measures for creels, gillnet and longline fisheries.
The REM session outlines proposals on using imagery, sensors and GPS to observe fishing exercise.
The session for sure fishing vessels (scallop dredge and pelagic) seeks views on the implementation of an enhanced and impartial degree of monitoring on board . This session additionally seeks views on choices for additional rollout to different components of the fleet.
REM will be sure that there can be elevated transparency and accountability of fishing exercise, but in addition that Scotland’s seafood merchandise are of the very best high quality and fished sustainably.
Rural Affairs Secretary, Mairi Gougeon, mentioned:
“The Scottish Authorities is dedicated to being a world-leader in fisheries administration. We take our function as guardian of Scotland’s pure marine surroundings critically.
“The Future Catching Coverage will construct on our present method, signalling a step change in the way in which by which unsustainable fishing practices are tackled.
“Distant digital monitoring will present us with enhanced expertise to be able to monitor fishing exercise for sure components of the fishing fleet, including to our wealthy scientific base and delivering confidence and accountability for the patron.
“We’re demonstrating Scotland’s management in fisheries administration; cementing our credentials as accountable and sustainable fisheries managers, and signalling to all fishing vessels working in Scottish waters that we are able to and should do higher to be able to shield and improve our unbelievable marine surroundings, for now and the long run.”
- Future Fisheries Administration (FFM) Technique
- Discards are described as fish, typically useless or dying, which can be returned to the ocean throughout industrial fishing operations. As a part of the reformed Frequent Fisheries Coverage (CFP) catches of quota fish might not be discarded. As an alternative, all the catch should be landed and counted in opposition to quota. The FCP builds on the method established beneath the CFP and ensures that we are able to sustaining and improve the requirements which can be already in place
- Each consultations shut on 7 June. We are going to then perform evaluation of the responses and search to publish a session report outlining subsequent steps inside 12 weeks of the tip of the session