Date lodged: 27 March 2018
To ask the Scottish Government how Marine Scotland Compliance (MSC) plans to monitor licensed razor clam electrofishing fishing activity in the 12 razor clam electrofishing trial sites, in particular sites, such as the Sound of Harris and Sound of Sleat, where additional avoidance areas have been identified, and how MSC will ensure that there is no unlicensed activity.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 26 April 2018
With respect to the monitoring of vessels participating in the trial, I refer the member to the answer to question S5W-15298 on 26 April 2018. In relation to any razor fishing that vessels not authorised within the terms of the trial, Marine Scotland Compliance will take appropriate steps to detect and address such activity. In this context it is relevant that the Razor Clams (Prohibition on Fishing and Landing) (Scotland) Order 2017 prohibits not only the fishing for but also the landing of razor clams.
The use of Registered Buyers and Sellers legislation will also allow compliance to be monitored post landing. Risk assessments will be regularly reviewed and acted upon including visits to buyers and sellers of razor clams.
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