The UK Western Waters regime currently sets scallop fishing limits for fishing vessels of 15m and over in specified areas on historical fishing activity. Defra is seeking views on the absence of fishing limits that presently apply to the under 15m fleet.
Evidence will be used to inform whether new management measures are required and if so, what form of response Defra might consider, to ensure the sustainability of scallop and shellfish fisheries.
The consultation closes on 30th August 2021.
Further information is available here.