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Notice to Vessel Owners/Masters/Charterers/Nominees

The information contained on this web page constitutes a Notice in accordance with Article 3(2)(c)(ii) of The Sea Fishing (Licences and Notices) (Scotland) Regulations 2011, and has the effect of varying the authority and conditions of all licences previously issued by the Scottish Ministers to vessels in membership of the groups indicated.

This means that a relevant entry on this web page may remove or alter any authority a licence recipient may have had to fish for the stocks listed in that relevant entry. Where the authority to fish for a particular species has been removed through this web page, it will be an offence to retain on board, land or trans-ship any quantity of that species of sea fish.

Non-compliance will be subject to enforcement action.

Weekly Licence Variations

Friday 08 December 2017

Organisation/Non-Producer Organisation Group
Licence Category
Area of Sea
Effective Date
ALL Over 15m vessels in ALL Over 10m Producer Organisations and Non-Sector Groups
Category AO
Change to Effort Allocation
Edible Crab (Cancer pagurus) and Spider Crab (Maja squinado)
265 effort days for the period 01/01/2017 to 31/12/2017
0001 hours on 10/12/2017

2017 Closures Table:- showing the current status of fish stocks following the issue and publication of the above variations (if any).

2017 Quota Limits Tables:- showing the quota limits applicable to both 10m and under non-PO and over 10m non-sector vessels. Please note: these tables are for information only and you should always refer to your licence and the variations thereof in the first instance.


For Awareness – Operations to Remove Feed & Fuel Oil From Sunken Fish Farm Barge, Isle of Skye:- on 26 November 2017 Grieg Seafood reported that its fish farm feed barge at the Loch Snizort East site, near Uig, had sunk. Plans have been approved for the removal of the feed and fuel oil from the barge, and this is scheduled to take place between Sunday 10th and Sunday 17th December, weather-permitting. The removed feed and fuel oil will be contained and then transported to an approved disposal facility. The process should result in no significant environmental damage and a Marine Scotland observer will be on site during the operations.


Trial Electrofishery for Razor Clams:- we are now inviting applications for UK-registered fishing boats to participate in a trial electrofishery for razor clams. Details of the trial’s objectives, its terms & conditions and guidance on how applications will be evaluated, are set out in the application pack which is available here. All applications must be received by 1200 hours on Friday 29 December 2017.


UK Fisheries Monitoring Centre - Festive Opening Hours:- the UKFMC's opening hours during the Christmas and New Year period will be as follows:

Thu 21 December
Open until 1700
Thu 28 December
0830 to 1700
Fri 22 December
0830 to 1700
Fri 29 December
0830 to 1700
Sat 23 December
0830 to 1700
Sat 30 December
0830 to 1700
Sun 24 December
0830 to 1700
Sun 31 December
0830 to 1700
Mon 25 December
Mon 01 January
Tue 26 December
Tue 02 January
Open 24 hours from 1400 onwards
Wed 27 December
0830 to 1700