Consultation on Electronic Tracking & Monitoring for Under 12 metre #Fishing Vessels

The Scottish Government is consulting on the introduction of electronic tracking and monitoring technology for small fishing vessels. The consultation is one part of a package of new fisheries measures.

Click on this link to access further information and to take part in the consultation: Improving inshore fisheries data: consultation on requiring electronic tracking and monitoring technology on under 12 metre commercial fishing vessels

The consultation closes on 7th November 2023.

Commenting after meeting with  fishing industry representatives in Peterhead, Environment Minister in the Scottish Government Gillian Martin said:

Head and shoulders profile shot of Gillian Martin

“These proposals will support the sustainable management and development of our marine environment – the next step in delivering a blue economy that benefits our communities, economy and environment.”

“I encourage the inshore sector and others with an interest to continue to engage with us and to take part in the consultation on vessel monitoring.

“Government, industry and communities all have a shared interest and commitment to a healthy marine environment. Open dialogue and constructive working of the sort that has helped to develop these proposals will ensure that we benefit from the expertise of the fishing industry. Cooperation and co-management will ensure that both Scotland’s fishing industry and our marine environment can thrive sustainably.”

The Scottish Government recently had to shelve deeply unpopular plans to create Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMAs) which would have devastated in particular the smaller fishing vessels of Scotland’s fleet.

Remote Electric Monitoring (REM) will become mandatory on large pelagic vessels and all scallop dredge vessels in Scottish waters.

a fishing boat tied up at the pier
Image credit Mirran Hall

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