Date lodged: 8 March 2018
To ask the Scottish Government how many of the licenses to trial electrofishing for razorclams have awarded to people who have (a) received penalties and (b) been convicted for offences relating to the illegal use of electricity in fishing operations.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 15 March 2018
26 vessels have so far been invited to participate in the scientific trial of electro-fishing for razor clams. Of the applicants awarded a place on the trial, 2 have received a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) for electrofishing, 1 has been convicted of electrofishing related offences and 1 has both an FPN and a subsequent conviction.