The consultation seeks views on new management measures in the Scottish king scallop (Pecten maximus) fishery. The issues on which views are sought are:
- Increasing the minimum landing size of scallops
- Introducing new restrictions associated with the use of dredges
- Changes to licensing arrangements to restrict the upsizing of replacement vessels
- Placing restrictions on the time that vessels can spend at sea
The overall aim of these management proposals is to improve the management of effort in the fishery after an expansion in recent years and to attempt to increase the spawning stock biomass of the stock.
See the Government’s website for further details.