Date lodged: 12 September 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what agreements it has in place with the Isle of Man Government regarding fisheries, including shared fishing stocks, and what recent discussions there have been regarding (a) scallop fishing and (b) the rights of Scotland's scallop fleet.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 27 September 2017
The Scottish Government maintains regular contact with the Isle of Man and other UK administrations, in relation to the management of the king and queen scallop fisheries in Isle of Man and UK waters. There is a formal Fisheries Management Agreement in place with the Isle of Man, that sets out access arrangements for UK fishing vessels to the Isle of Man’s territorial sea, and the process by which the Isle of Man consults with the UK administrations prior to introducing any new management measures.
The Scottish Government is also currently working with the other UK administrations and the Isle of Man on improving the management of the UK’s queen scallop fishery. A working group, made up of government officials and fishing industry representatives, was formed in 2015 and has met several times to develop management proposals. This process led to a public consultation last year on new conservation measures, which was supported by all the administrations.