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05/09/13 13:05

Inshore Fisheries Consultation

Views sought on mackerel quota

A consultation about the amount of mackerel quota that should be allocated to inshore fishermen in 2014 and in future years has been launched.

Mackerel is Scotland’s most valuable fishery. In 2011, Mackerel to the value of £163 million was landed by Scottish fishing vessels. The large majority of this fish was landed by offshore trawler vessels, but some 400 tonnes was landed by smaller (10 metres and under) inshore vessels. Many of these vessels fish by hand with lines.

The Scottish Government is seeking views in this consultation about what amount of fish quotas should be allocated for inshore fishing, and is contemplating an increase in the allocation in 2014.

We are seeking views on:

  • Whether there should be an increased allocation, and at what level;
  • Should attempts be made to encourage new participants around the coast; and,
  • What role might local groups play in the management of inshore fisheries?

Notes to editors

The closing date is Friday December 6, 2013. The consultation paper has been sent to interested parties and can be viewed on the Scottish Government website: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/marine/Sea-Fisheries/17681/inshoremackerelconsultation