Firth of Clyde cod spawning closure for 2022/23

Closed 4 Nov 2021

Opened 20 Oct 2021

Results updated 9 Nov 2021

Thank you for your participation in the Clyde cod spawning closure. The responses are now being analysed. We aim to publish the outcome and the responses here within 12 weeks.  


Since 2001, a specific area in the Firth of Clyde has been closed to fishing each year between 14 February and 30 April, in order to protect spawning cod. The Scottish Government has responsibility for the closure via a Scottish Statutory Instrument (SSI). Exemptions have always been provided for Norway lobster trawlers, creels and scallop dredgers due to the low amounts of cod that they catch.

This consultation seeks your views on continuing the closure in 2022 and 2023, including the exemptions previously provided. 

Read the consultation paper

Why your views matter

Consultation is an essential part of policy making. It gives us the opportunity to seek views, knowledge and expertise from a wide range of people. This is important to allow us to consider all view points and make an informed decision on future policy. 



  • Economy
  • Marine and Fisheries