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The Prohibition of Fishing with Multiple Trawls (Scotland) Order 2017

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1.—(1) This Order may be cited as the Prohibition of Fishing with Multiple Trawls (Scotland) Order 2017 and comes into force on 1st December 2017.

(2) Subject to paragraph (3), this Order extends to Scotland and the Scottish zone only.

(3) So far as this Order extends beyond Scotland and the Scottish zone, it does so only as a matter of Scots law.

Interpretation

2.—(1) In this Order—

“the Council Regulation” means Council Regulation (EC) No 850/98 for the conservation of fishery resources through technical measures for the protection of juveniles or marine organisms(1);

“beam trawler” means a fishing boat which, in so far as it carries or uses nets, carries or uses only nets which are designed to be towed along the sea-bed and which have their mouth extended by a beam, bar or other rigid device;

“net” means a trawl, seine net or similar towed net; and

“single trawl” means a single net towed by a two warp rig in which the net has a single groundrope bosom.

(2) Expressions in this Order which are not defined in paragraph (1) and which appear in the Council Regulation have the same meaning in this Order as they have in the Council Regulation.

Prohibition of method of fishing

3.—(1) This article applies to fishing by—

(a)any Scottish fishing boat wherever it may be; and

(b)any relevant British fishing boat within the Scottish zone.

(2) Subject to paragraph (3), fishing for sea fish with any trawl other than a single trawl is prohibited.

(3) Paragraph (2) does not apply to fishing with two trawls—

(a)by any beam trawler; or

(b)where both trawls have a mesh size of 80 millimetres or more.

Revocation

4.  The following Orders are revoked—

(a)the Prohibition of Fishing with Multiple Trawls (No. 2) (Scotland) Order 2000(2); and

(b)the Prohibition of Fishing with Multiple Trawls (No. 2) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2007(3).

FERGUS EWING

A member of the Scottish Government

St Andrew’s House,

Edinburgh

4th October 2017

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