IoM and Scottish Government discuss king scallop fishing following dispute over catch reporting

King scallop fishing season begins from the start of November until May. Credit: Helen McKenna, ITV

The Isle of Man Government is discussing king scallop fishing regulations with Scotland following Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing's statement to invoke the dispute resolution process.

Chief Minister Howard Quayle MHK met with Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon this morning, as efforts continue to find a mutually acceptable solution to concerns over catch misreporting.

Both agreed the Manx fishery must be protected in the long term because of its economic importance and overfishing must be stopped.

Vessels fishing both inside and outside Manx seas are required to report to an Isle of Man port after catching king scallops.

We continue to have positive dialogue with our Irish Sea neighbours and are confident we can identify effective tools to address this issue that have minimal impact on the majority of the fleet.

– IOM Chief Minister Howard Quayle MHK