Date lodged: 17 January 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what impact the European Parliament vote to ban electric pulse fishing will have on the planned trial in Scotland of electrofishing for razor clams.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 25 January 2018
The recent vote in the European Parliament was concerned with the proposal for a new EU Technical Conservation regulation. No new regulation has been agreed so far through the EU co-decision legislation process.
The scientific trial of electrofishing for razor clams is being conducted under existing legislation: Article 43 of EC 850/98 and Scottish Statutory Instrument 2017/419. This legislation continues to have effect.