NEW research on the potential impact of mobile fishing gear restrictions in inshore fisheries has been published today.
The research has developed a model to assess the possible impacts of a prohibition on the use of mobile fishing gears within one and three miles from the shore.
The research assesses a number of scenarios and finds that, based on the modelled assumptions, there could be net benefits to Scotland as a result of the gear restrictions, although it suggests these would be outside the fisheries sector.
The research is designed to help inform thinking in this area and the Scottish Government will now undertake discussions with a wide-range of stakeholders on the issues highlighted in the report and any implications for future policy considerations.
Commenting on the report Cabinet Secretary for Fisheries Richard Lochhead said: ‘This substantial piece of research highlights a number of key issues and will help inform our thinking around improving the management of our inshore fisheries.
‘This work gives us a better understanding of the interactions between fishermen in inshore waters and the potential impact of different management measures.
‘We will carefully consider the report and fully involve interested parties in discussions to use this report to ensure we promote sustainable and profitable fisheries.’