Ma­rine Scot­land to ban home­made mark­ers

Yachting Monthly - - NEWS -

Plas­tic con­tain­ers and other ev­ery­day items used to mark creel and lobster pots in Scot­tish wa­ters are to be banned as part of a raft of mea­sures to be taken by Ma­rine Scot­land.

It has re­cently is­sued new guid­ance to fish­er­men on the best prac­tice to mark static fish­ing gear within 12 miles of Scot­land’s low wa­ter­line.

The move fol­lows con­sul­ta­tions with fish­ing bod­ies and other ma­rine en­vi­ron­ment users. Ma­rine Scot­land said it would in­tro­duce a new law ban­ning the use of equip­ment not specif­i­cally man­u­fac­tured for the pur­pose of mark­ing fish­ing gear, such as plas­tic milk car­tons and net­ted foot­balls. By next spring, all fish­er­men must use ap­pro­pri­ate buoys or floats to iden­tify gear. These must be marked with ei­ther the ves­sel’s Port, Let­ter and Num­ber (PLN) or, if the fish­er­man is un­li­censed, a unique ref­er­ence num­ber, which will be is­sued on re­quest by the lo­cal Ma­rine Scot­land Fish­ery Of­fice. The Cruis­ing As­so­ci­a­tion and the RYA have wel­comed the move and have cam­paigned for bet­ter mark­ing of static fish­ing gear in UK wa­ters. They have asked sailors to re­port en­tan­gle­ment in­ci­dents to them.

Plas­tic con­tain­ers will be banned as fish­ing mark­ers

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