Fisheries Guidance Notes to support the Priority Marine Features Review
Following damage to a flame shell bed in Loch Carron in 2017, Marine Scotland asked NatureScot to provide advice on where additional management of sensitive marine habitats should be considered to meet the requirements for safeguarding PMFs set out in the National Marine Plan.
The NatureScot advice to Marine Scotland is based on 11 PMFs considered to be most vulnerable to bottom-contacting towed fishing gear. A fisheries guidance note has been produced for each of these 11 PMF features providing an overview of their interactions with fishing. These guidance notes have informed the development of NatureScot advice to Marine Scotland.
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