IFMAC: Consultation on Draft Proposals for Marking Static Gear – Closes 3 February 2017

Dear IFMAC Members

In December 2015, the Cabinet Secretary announced recommendations on dealing with gear conflict ( ).  These included looking at good practice and possible legislative changes to the marking of static gear inside 12 nautical miles.

Over the past few months, Marine Scotland has held discussions with 3 industry working groups, formed specifically to consider options on this topic – one east coast, one west and one for the Western Isles, Orkney & Shetland.  The outcome of these discussions is a set of draft proposals which we are now consulting on.  Although the majority of the organisations, associations and individuals who attended the group meetings did support the proposals some parties did express concerns.  This consultation therefore gives all fishermen the opportunity to consider and comment on them.

The consultation will close on 3 February 2017.

Michael Cutts | Policy Manager | Inshore Fisheries Management & Coastal Communities

marine scotland | Scottish Government | Area 1B-South, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh, EH6 6QQ

T: 0131 244 4756 | M: 07580 971873


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