Date lodged: 27 March 2018
To ask the Scottish Government how many of the vessels licensed to fish in the razor clam electrofishing trial are fitted with operational vessel monitoring systems.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 26 April 2018
Under present EU law vessels of length overall 12 metres and over must have installed an operating and tamper proof vessel monitoring system. It is planned however that all vessels participating in the trial will have installed on-board an additional and bespoke monitoring system, which will confirm both vessel position and also when specified electrical equipment is being used. Installation of this equipment is a condition of the derogation that authorises participation in the trial. The installation of this equipment will allow for real time access to the on-board system for Compliance Officers. This system has been trialled and gives clear indication of vessel activities, including the vessel’s position every 10 seconds.