Consultation on Proposed Sites to Host Inshore Fisheries Pilots 2017

Closed 22 Feb 2018

Opened 30 Nov 2017


On 25 May 2017, the Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity, Fergus Ewing MSP, announced the Inshore Fisheries Pilots initiative. The aim of this initiative is to explore alternative approaches to managing inshore fisheries, in order to ensure our coastal communities are making the most of our waters.

The pilots will investigate two different methods of fisheries management:

  • A localised approach to fisheries management, where fishing interests are involved in developing distinct local arrangements; and
  • The impact of separating different methods of fishing, such as creeling and trawling, within specified areas.

The commercial fishing industry was invited to submit proposals for sites that should be considered for the initiative and, following an assessment by Marine Scotland, five different proposals have been brought forward for public consultation. The intention is that, following this consultation, new management arrangements will be introduced at two sites for a two-year period.

To read the consultation paper, please CLICK HERE.

Once you have read the paper, please complete the questionnaire by following the 'Begin Consultation' link below.

Why We Are Consulting

We want to hear your views on which of the proposals in the consultation should be introduced as pilots by Marine Scotland. As far as possible we have sought to bring you the proposals as submitted to Marine Scotland, to ensure that stakeholder views are sought at an early stage of development.

In each case, given the information in the submitted proposals and the additional analysis carried out by Marine Scotland, we want to know:

  • In general what is your view of the proposal?
  • Your specific views on the potential impacts of the proposal, both positive and negative.

We particularly wish to hear from those likely to be directly or indirectly impacted by any of the proposals.

What Happens Next

The views and suggestions received in consultation responses will be analysed and will inform our decision making process. Final decisions on the introduction of new management measures will also take account of a range of other factors, including any other available information and research evidence, and variations of the proposals may be introduced.


  • People of Scotland


  • Marine and Fisheries