Craig Wright Surely that is impossible to enforce, they are dreaming.


In response to your comment on the Fishing News facebook page, the draft proposal (which is simply for discussion) deliberately outlines a potential enforcement strategy, pasted below for ease of reference:

Enforcement Proposal

6. Marine Scotland Compliance (MSC) would use EID stick readers during inshore RIB patrols to conduct periodic risk assessments.   

7. Where appropriate and necessary, MSC could subsequently enforce by chartering a suitable vessel and crew, which MSC Fishery Officers would join, so that any incorrectly marked static gear identified during the RIB patrols, or identified at the time, could be lifted and seized.

8. Any catch would be discarded.

9. Seized gear would be steam cleaned and stored, which would be for a maximum of three (3) months. If the static gear was not claimed within a three (3) month period, MSC would dispose of the gear, including by selling it.   

Our thinking, which I accept you and others may judge is completely flawed, is that if unmarked gear was prevalent (determined from the existing level of RIB patrols and not additional activity), it might only need to be removed on a few occasions for the non-complaint operators to decide that the cost of meeting the requirements outweighed the risk of losing expensive fleets of creels and the potential catch in them.Please feel free to give a call at any time. 

Simon Dryden 

07827 232483


Why the contribution is important

Tries to set draft proposal, which has been issued for discussion, in context and answer legitimate concerns.

by simondryden on May 10, 2016 at 01:14PM

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