Scottish high value species increase in numbers
Monkfish, megrim and langoustine stocks in Scottish waters are increasing, according to new scientific assessments published by the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES).
The increased quotas for these high value stocks could potentially provide an additional GBP 11 million (EUR 15.4 million; USD 17 million) to the country’s fleet.
Scottish Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead said the new advice shows the fishing industry is moving in the right direction.
“The publication of this advice is the start of the annual process to determine what next year’s quotas will be and there is still much work to be done until we reach a final agreement,” he said.
“This advice will help to shape the priorities we will take into the autumn’s talks to secure the best possible deal for Scottish fishermen and our transition towards a whitefish discard ban, which is being phased in from 1 January 2016.”