New restrictions on scallop dredging

| July 16, 2015

scallops2The Scottish Government has announced additional restrictions on scallop fishing in a long awaited attempt to protect stocks.

The measures, which include an increased minimum landing size and a limit on the number of dredges that can be used in inshore waters should help to ensure the long-term sustainability of the fishery.

Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead said: “Scottish vessels landed £32million worth of king scallops in 2013 and helped to sustain jobs in some of our most rural communities, both directly on fishing vessels and related industries like processing.

“However, there are concerns around the long-term health of the fishery – and stock assessments show that in some areas around the coast management needs to be enhanced to help conserve the stock.”

The latest measures are due to take effect in the spring of 2016 and will be kept under review to ensure the long-term sustainability of the fishery.

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