Date lodged: 1 November 2016
To ask the Scottish Government how many (a) at-sea boardings and (b) port inspections in each year since 2014 were carried out in order to meet its landing obligation monitoring requirements, and how many infringements were detected.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 9 November 2016
All inspections carried out with regard to pelagic species (from 2015 onwards) and with regard to pelagic and demersal species (2016 onwards) are undertaken with a view to detecting infringements, including landing obligation infringements.
The figures for the years requested are as follows:
No landing obligation
Only a pelagic landing obligation in place
*2016 is an incomplete year
To date there have been three infringements of the landing obligation detected where officers referred the case to Marine Scotland Compliance Enforcement Branch for consideration of enforcement action.