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Consultation on measures for unlicensed inshore fishermen in Scottish waters

A Scottish Government consultation on measures for hobby/unlicensed fishermen in Scottish inshore water ends this coming Sunday

The Inshore Fisheries Management and Conservation Group (IFMAC) established a short-life working group to discuss the issue of hobby/unlicensed fishermen and report back with possible actions to reduce the incidence of unlicensed fishing.

The working group identified a number of possible actions to reduce the incidence of unlicensed fishermen selling their catch for profit which can be broadly split into two distinct areas: educational and legislative.

This document seeks to consult on legislative options, including consideration of:

- Permits for unlicensed/hobby fishermen

- Creel limits and/or tagging

- Landing limits for different species

- Personal Consumption Definitions

The purpose of this consultation document is to seek the views of those who actively fish in Scottish inshore waters whether as commercial or hobby fishermen, and stakeholders with a wider interest in the marine environment.

Responses to this consultation will be used to inform policy development in this area.

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