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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 23 February 2018

Organisation/Non-Producer Organisation Group
Licence Category
Area of Sea
Effective Date
ALL Over 15m vessels in ALL Over 10m Producer Organisation and Non-Sector Groups
Category AO Effort Allocation Confirmed Edible Crab (Cancer pagurus)and Spider Crab (Maja squinado) VII

*120 effort days for the period 01/01/2018 to 31/12/2018

*to be reviewed mid-April

0001 hours on 25/02/2018

2018 Closures Table:- showing the current status of fish stocks following the issue and publication of the above variations (if any).

2018 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.


Landing controls for crab/lobster fisheries: - new landing controls for brown crab, velvet crab and lobster come into force from Sunday 25 February 2018. Full details on the measures being introduced are available at: www.gov.scot/Topics/marine/Sea-Fisheries/InshoreFisheries/crab-lobster-landing-controls.


Razor Clams - Implementation of New Regulation:- a new Scottish Statutory Instrument (SSI 2017/419) came into force on 1 February 2018. 'The Razor Clams (Prohibition on Fishing and Landing) (Scotland) Order 2017' prohibits both fishing for razor clams in Scottish waters and the landing of razor clams in Scotland, except in two specific situations. Those situations are (i) for scientific investigation authorised by Scottish Ministers and (ii) for the traditional hand-gathering of razor clams from the shore. In the case of situation (ii) a person fishing for razor clams by hand in tidal waters may take no more than 30 razor clams in any day. More information is available here.