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Fishermen content to be subject to king scallop controls

the Fish Site Editor
27 April 2017, at 1:00am

The body that represents the largest number of scallop fishermen in Scotland has welcomed new government measures to help protect king scallop stocks.

Anne-Margaret Anderson, inshore & environmental policy co-ordinator for the Scottish White Fish Producers’ Association (SWFPA), said the controls, which will come into force from 1st June, would help improve sustainability.

“The SWFPA scallop committee, which speaks for the majority of scallop fishermen around our shores, is fully committed to enhancing the conservation status of these stocks, which is why we support these measures,” she said.

“The committee has also volunteered to avoid certain areas of known sensitive marine habitats in recognition of their importance and in line with our consistent approach to achieving a balance between fishing effort and protection of the marine environment.”

Full details of the new measures can be seen here.