Wild Wrasse Harvesting: Consultation on Proposed new Mandatory Fishing Measures

Closed 10 May 2020

Opened 11 Mar 2020


Ballan Wrasse

The purpose of this consultation is to seek views about whether the Scottish Government should introduce mandatory measures to control the harvesting of live wrasse for the salmon farming industry.

Why We Are Consulting

The Scottish Government recognises the important role played by wrasse in controlling lice in salmon farms but wild caught wrasse must be fished sustainably, with effective management in place.

The voluntary measures we introduced in 2018, working with the SSPO, have been in place for nearly two years, Marine Scotland has undertaken an internal review, and engaging with the SSPO and salmon farm operators. We concluded that while most of the original voluntary measures are operating satisfactorily, there is scope to improve the reporting of wrasse fishing activity and merit in introducing more formal harvesting measures - which would bring the wrasse fishery more into line with other Scottish fisheries.

Marine Scotland therefore propose introducing mandatory controls covering the reporting and practice of wild wrasse harvesting. Under the new arrangements, we will issue to eligible wrasse fishermen a new permit which will set conditions for participating in the fishery.

Marine Scotland would like to hear your views on these proposals.

Read the consultation paper.

If you have additional comments that can’t be accommodated in the consultation form, they should email them separately to the inshore mailbox.

Please note that the consultation closing date has been extended to 10 May.


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