Draft legislation requiring Remote Electronic Monitoring (REM) on scallop dredge and large pelagic vessels in Scottish waters have been introduced in Parliament.

Marine Directorate Scotland has stated that the implementation of ‘The Sea Fisheries (Remote Electronic Monitoring and Regulation of Scallop Fishing) (Scotland) Regulations 2024’ will oversee a crucial role in supporting more sustainable fisheries management practices.

In line with the Scottish Government’s Fisheries Management Strategy, which advocates for tailored approaches to management based on the diversity of fishing practices, the proposed regulations vary in coverage, specification, and implementation timescale across different fleet sectors.


Photo: Jacob Meissner


The legislation follows a public consultation conducted by the Scottish Government in spring 2022 on ‘Enhancing sustainable fisheries management – Remote Electronic Monitoring’. The consultation, which ran from 15 March to 07 June 2022, received 48 valid responses from a mix of individuals and organisations, including fishing and conservation groups, the Fishing Daily reported.

Support for the use of REM was expressed by several respondents, highlighting its potential to enhance sustainability, position Scotland as a global leader in fisheries management, and provide scientific benefits in stock monitoring and minimising environmental impacts.

However, concerns were raised regarding potential compliance issues, enforcement practicalities, and associated costs by some stakeholders. Suggestions were made for wider consultation, including with non-UK vessels, to ensure a level playing field and effective data sharing mechanisms.

The draft Sea Fisheries (Remote Electronic Monitoring and Regulation of Scallop Fishing) (Scotland) Regulations 2024 can be read here.



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