North Sea Prawn Landings (Decline)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 30th May 2013.

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Photo of Paul Wheelhouse Paul Wheelhouse Scottish National Party

There is, as yet, no conclusive explanation for the reduction in the availability of prawns in the North Sea. Scottish Government scientists advise that the reduction may either be part of a longer-term trend or is being affected by short-term factors, including the recent cold winters.

Given the £82 million value of the nephrops catch to the Scottish fishing fleet and the importance of the species within Scotland’s marine environment, the recent reduction is clearly a concerning development. The Scottish Government continues to work closely with the fishing industry to assess the impact of declining landings and the wider significance of the apparent decline in prawn numbers for the marine environment.