Date lodged: 20 November 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what actions it is taking to deliver a stock recovery plan for herring in the West of Scotland, in response to the recommended advice by the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES).
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 4 December 2018
Scottish Government scientists have been working with scientists from Ireland and the Netherlands to improve the analysis of the survey that informs the scientific advice for West of Scotland herring. It is expected that this work will provide greater confidence on the stock status and any impacts recent conservation measures have had on stock recovery.
We have also been collaborating with the Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association and representatives of other European pelagic industry bodies to support a ground-breaking industry-science herring survey since its inception in 2016. This survey provides important information on the distribution of the West of Scotland component of the stock and it will feeding also into a genetic study which aims to deliver a method of assigning catches to specific spawning components, enabling more appropriate management and contributing to stock recovery.