Date lodged: 27 March 2018
To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the requirements set out by the October 2016 plenary session of the EU Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries, what framework has been agreed for monitoring the (a) short- and (b) long-term impacts of electrofishing for razor clams during the trial in Scottish waters.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 26 April 2018
Fishing vessels participating in the trial are required to gather information specified by Marine Scotland. The gathering of information may require the installation of electronic equipment, including cameras. A protocol for the gathering of information to further monitor the fishery, local catch rates and the electrofishing method is being developed and will be introduced into the derogation. Vessels will be required to provide information about catches, in terms of location and rates of catch, which will assist in building an evidence base about razor clam stocks in the trial areas. The Government will keep under review, as the trial progresses, rates of catches from the different areas in the trial. The Government reserves the right, in particular, to close further areas to fishing or introduce specific conditions for different trial areas.