Date lodged: 27 March 2018
To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the requirements set out during the October 2016 plenary session of the EU's Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries, what management process has been agreed for the trials of electrofishing for razor clams in Scottish waters to ensure "that the application of the technology stays within agreed bounds".
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 26 April 2018
Derogations issued to authorise vessels to take part in the trial require vessels to deploy only specified electrical equipment, and said equipment must be inspected prior to the commencement of fishing operations. Arrangements are being made to allow for the continuing monitoring of the use of equipment while vessels are at sea. The future participation in the trial of any participant not deploying the specified electrical equipment will be reviewed.