There are already many MPA's and SOC' s in place that are managed in an effective manner, some areas are already closed permanenty to bottom towed gear like ours and some allow fishing at certain times of the year to allow grounds to replenish.
Fishermen actively support the protection of marine habitats and use advanced technology to avoid environmentally sensitive areas
Scallop fishermen do not tow on coral as it would destroy their gear which can be worth over £3000
Many grounds that are fished are re-used i.e. the fishermen use their knowledge of grounds and where to target, these grounds are small areas and mainly consist of sand and gravel, which is where the scallops prefer to live.
The inshore fleet are also goverend heavily by the weather and winds therefore they may not have days at sea but over this winter alone, it works out as approximatley 2 days a week fishing due to the awful conditions.
Over 98% of Scallops in the UK are caught by vessels using dredges and with UK landings of Scallops reaching £54 m in 2010, Scallops are now the fourth most valuable part of the UK fleet catch.
All commercial fishing boats need a scallop entitlement in order to catch scallops
All over 12-metre vessels have VMS in place and many under 12 metres also have the same device (A fishing vessel monitoring system (VMS) is a programme of fisheries surveillance, in which equipment that is installed on fishing vessels provides information about the vessels’ position and activity) Inshore vessels fishing in Wales have implemented a new VMS on all their inshore vessels, this is something that should be implemented on all inshore vessels.
All over 15-meter vessels can only fish for a maximum of 180 days per year in the English Channel, could you survive on 180 days paid work? no work - no pay
There are dredge and engine limitations, minimum landing sizes and any under-size scallops go back alive
As a small vessel owners and fishermen we care about our future and ensuring there is one for genrations to come. By following the good practice guide and being in the Responsible Fishing Scheme we believe the future of our coast scallop industry is a positive one. Below are some of the rules and reguations we must follow which also help work towards keeping a healthy future stock and keeping the sea-beds plentiful.
Unfortunatley the real facts don't get publicised as they should in the media. Don't believe all you see, ask questions for yourself and make your own judgement. Sustainability can mean different things to different people, ours is buy local and support your local industry, a fishing port provides many jobs!
Sustainability requires the reconciliation of environmental, social equity and economic demands - also referred to as the "three pillars" of sustainability or the 3 Es.
Achieving sustainability will enable the Earth to continue supporting human life.
Sustainability is the capacity to endure. In ecology the word describes how biological systems remain diverse and productive over time. Long-lived and healthy wetlands and forests are examples of sustainable biological systems. For humans, sustainability is the potential for long-term maintenance of well being, which has ecological, economic, political and cultural dimensions.