– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 8th June 2007.

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Question S3W-192

To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will give any consideration to banning vessels from fishing for spurdog on Scottish sea lochs during the height of the spurdog breeding season.

Photo of Richard Lochhead Richard Lochhead Scottish National Party

Scientific advice indicates that spurdog can be vulnerable to over exploitation and recommends that there should be no targeted fishing. Whilst current EU legislation prohibits such a fishery in the North Sea, the prohibition does not apply to the North East Atlantic area. Consideration is currently being given at the EU level to extending the prohibition to all EU waters.

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