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The Scottish government has been questioned on minimum conservation size (MCS) bycatch figures

The Scottish Government’s Marine Directorate estimates that 322 tonnes of cod and 6,797 tonnes of haddock below Minimum Conservation Size, were caught and discarded by UK trawlers and seine-netters in Subarea 4 and Division 6a during 2022.

These number have been calculated for fishing trips by UK vessels landing into Scotland and Scottish vessels landing abroad, however the estimates for solely Scottish vessels are likely to be of similar magnitude, says Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Mairi Gougeon, in answer to a written question from Scottish Labour MSP for North East Scotland ,Mercedes Villalba, who had asked:

“To ask the Scottish Government what the total volume, in kilograms, was of below Minimum Conservation Reference Size (a) cod, (b) haddock, (c) herring, (d) whiting, (e) sole, (f) plaice and (g) saithe that was discarded by Scottish boats in 2022, in ICES (International Council for the Exploration of the Sea) areas (i) 4 and (ii) 6a.”

Answering the question, the SNP Minister replied:

“The total quantity of discards below Minimum Conservation Reference Size from Scottish vessels is not currently estimated. The Marine Directorate of the Scottish Government estimates the total weight of bycatch (catch that was not considered suitable for commercial sales) below Minimum Conservation Reference Size for demersal trawlers and seine netters for each year, using data collected by scientific observers on-board fishing vessels. Fishing trips by vessels using other gears are not surveyed. The estimates for 2022 are given in the table below. These estimates are for fishing trips by UK vessels landing into Scotland and Scottish vessels landing abroad, however the estimates for solely Scottish vessels are likely to be of similar magnitude.

Estimates of the total weight of bycatch (kg) below Minimum Conservation Reference Size, rounded to the nearest tonne, caught in 2022 in ICES subarea 4 and division 6a by UK vessels landing into Scotland and Scottish vessels landing abroad, fishing with demersal trawls or seines.

Species

ICES region

(i) 4

(ii) 6a

(a) Cod

316,000

6,000

(b) Haddock

6167,000

630,000

(c) Herring

1,000

0

(d) Whiting

380,000

58,000

(e) Sole

0

0

(f) Plaice

139,000

1,000

(g) Saithe

12,000

0

 

 

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