Consultation Outcome

Proposed new management measures for the scallop fishery in Cardigan Bay

This consultation ended 497 days ago.

Details of outcome

Summary of responses
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Summary of outcome 

The summary of responses is now available.

Original consultation

Summary 
The Minister for Natural Resources has launched a consultation entitled 'Proposed new management measures for the scallop fishery in Cardigan Bay'. Please note that this is a re-launch and therefore the closing date has been extended.
Consultation period 
This consultation ran from 26 November 2015 to 17 February 2016
Consultation launched 26 November 2015

Documents

Consultation document
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Consultation responses
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Consultation description 

Current management measures for scallops within the protected site in Cardigan Bay (Cardigan Bay Special Area of Conservation (SAC)) allow only one area within the SAC being opened for a limited time each year for scallop dredging. These measures came into force in 2010 and were based on the limited evidence available at the time of inception.

A programme of research has been undertaken by Bangor University including a 2 year Scallop Fishing Intensity Experiment. This new evidence supports a controlled fishery in the area of the SAC which is currently closed to fishing.

Welsh Government now aims to establish a viable and sustainable scallop fishery within the currently closed area within Cardigan Bay SAC. Our intention is to introduce a flexible new management system which should ensure a sustainable supply of scallops into the future whilst safeguarding important marine species and habitats.

Additional information 

Further documentation is available at The Welsh Scallop Fishery.