FIRST MEETING OF THE COMMERCIAL STRATEGY GROUP FOR THE
SCOTTISH SCALLOP SECTOR HELD ON 8th MAY 2008, NORTON HOUSE
Mike Berthet (M & J Seafoods) – Chair Mary McAllan (Marine Directorate, MD)
Euan Beaton (McDuff Shellfish) John McAllister (Scallop Association, SA
Hansen Black (Shetland Fishermen’s & Mallaig & North West Fishermen's
Association, SFA) Association, MNWFA ) Owen Crane (Catcher, North East) Barry McCulloch (Marine Directorate, David Donnan (Scottish Natural Heritage, MD)
SNH) Kenny McNab (Clyde Fishermen’s Philip Galbraith (Marine Directorate, MD) Association, CFA) Allan Gibb (Marine Directorate, MD) Anne Mosley (Seafood) Steven Girgan (Catcher, South West) Alessia Morris (Marine Directorate, MD)
John Hermse (Scallop Association, SA & Jane Sandell (Scottish Fishermen’s Mallaig & North West Fishermen's Federation, SFF) Association, MNWFA) Alistair Stuart (Scottish Fisheries Dr Trevor Howell (Fisheries Research Protection Agency, SFPA) Services, FRS) Ian Thomson (Marine Directorate, MD)
Bill Lart (Seafish Scotland) Laurie Watkins (Keltic Seafare) Duncan MacInnes (Western Isles Libby Woodhatch (Seafood) Fishermen's Association, WIFA) David Jarrad (Shellfish Association of Michael Mair (Fraserburgh Seafoods) Great Britain, SAGB) Elaine McLaughlin (Food Standards
Apologies: Dr. Tom Pickerell (Shellfish Association of Great Britain - SAGB);
Ronnie Smith, (Iona Shellfish); Dr Bill Turrell (Fisheries Research Services-FRS);
Stewart Adam (Gear manufacturer-Oban); Colin Chapman (Scientist); Helen
McLaughlin (World Wildlife Federation-WWF); Dr Beth Leslie (North Atlantic
Fisheries College-NAFC); Sidney Johnston (Catcher- Shetland); Robbie Hutchison
(Catcher-Orkney); John King (West Coast Sea Products-WCSP); Doug McLeod
(Association of Scottish Shellfish Growers-ASSG);
WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS (ITEM 1) AND WORKING ARRANGEMENTS
AND POLICY CONTEXT (ITEM 2)
1. Mike Berthet opened the meeting setting out its aims and objectives. It was
stated that this group would deal with a number of issues – including environmental, commercial and fisheries management– affecting the scallop sector across a diverse
range of stakeholders in a cooperative and consensual manner.
2. Mary McAllan outlined the working arrangements and the policy context of the
group. This included:
? Draft Terms of References (Paper 1) which were unanimously agreed upon. It
was emphasised that members attended the meetings on a personal basis and
were not representing their organisation. Members were expected, however, to
act as a conduit to their respective organisation.
? Operational remit of the group, namely to set up a large group which would
draw from a wide range of sectoral and geographic interests while taking work
forward through sub-groups working in detail on specific issues.
? Relationship with the Scottish Fisheries Council, SeaFAR and The UK
National Scallop Group and reporting arrangements to SFC (Papers 2, 3 and 4).
It was explained that the group was expected to build on the work already done
through the SeaFAR process and the outstanding scallop-related actions. It was
also reported that there would not be any overlap between that remit of this group
and that of the UK group which would be more focussed on environmental
dimension of scallop operations.
? It was announced that Duncan MacInnes would act as a rapporteur to the SFC
on the work of the scallop group and that John Hermse would act as a
rapporteur to the UK National Scallop Group whose first meeting had been
confirmed for 28 May 2008.
SCOTTISH SCALLOP SECTOR SWOT ANALYSIS (ITEM 3)
3. Mike Berthet explained that the group required an evidence base to define the
most appropriate commercial strategy and that this would enable decisions to be
made by the group on the resources and measures required to pursue this strategy.
This is why Seafood Scotland had been commissioned to conduct a SWOT analysis
of the scallop sector.
4. Libby Woodhatch (Paper 6) outlined the objective of this analysis which was
to review Scottish competitiveness in scallops, crabs and lobsters. A brief overview
of their general findings was also presented.
5. It was reported that the results of this analysis would be collated in the next
few weeks and at the next meeting an in-depth presentation could be given to the
group. Both the draft and final analysis would be discussed with the group.
SCALLOP STOCK LEVELS (ITEM 4)
6. Mike Berthet stated that the Fisheries Research Services (FRS) were due to
publish their bi-annual scallop assessment this summer.
7. Trevor Howell presented a paper (7A and 7B) on FRS interim scallop stock
assessment providing an overview of Scottish scallop fisheries, the distribution of the
major stocks and the methods used to asses the stocks.
8. FRS had also focussed on four major geographical areas using provisional
? West Kintyre: landings fell (although provisional 2007 landings have increased) ,
fishing mortality decreased as did spawning stock biomass, and the catch rate of
recruit and larger scallops declined.
? North West: landings fell (although provisional 2007 landings have increased),
fishing mortality declined, recruitment and spawning stock biomass have
decreased, and the survey rates of scallops both above and below 100mm
declined between 2006 and 2007
? Shetland: landings have continued to increase since 2005, fishing mortality has
remained constant since the last assessment, recruitment and spawning stock
biomass have increased, and there was an increase in the overall catch rates
and catch rates of adult scallops greater than 100mm.
? North East: landings rose in 2005 but since then declined, fishing mortality has
increased while spawning stock biomass has declined, recruitment has fell, and
the catch rate of small and large scallops since 2004 has improved although the
latter group fell in 2007.
9. In the ensuing discussion, the group sought clarifications on the following
? Technical language and sampling methodology
? Number of samples taken and their location
? Presence of fishermen on board of the vessels carrying out the sampling
? Effect of the reopening of closed areas on stock levels
? Whether the healthy stock levels in Shetland reflected the relatively little effort
in Shetland waters
10. It was explained that the changes in stock levels were determined by a
number of factors which needed to be further explored. It was also reported that
Scotland’s geography was a significant issue to overcome when obtaining data as
well as difficulties in identifying the areas where the scallop fleet was currently fishing for sampling purposes. It was confirmed that FRS had fishermen on board their
vessels when carrying out sampling activities. It was acknowledged, however, that
there was a greater scope for a partnership approach between FRS and industry and
for the involvement of fishermen who were more familiar with new techniques.
SCALLOP TECHNICAL/CONSERSATION MEASURES AROUND THE UK (ITEM
11. Philip Galbraith presented a paper on the scallop technical/conservation
legislation currently in force in the UK, explaining the need for a rationalisation of
these rules -
12. It was explained that they were many different legislative measures currently
in force in the UK with more complex measures operating in England. There was a
need to review the measures currently in force in Scotland and consider whether
additional and/or new measures were required for the management of scallop stocks.
13. Members were informed that a legislation sub-group (see below) would be
set up to deal with the legislation review and the subsequent consultation process.
14. In the ensuing discussion, the group considered the following issues:
? Legislation applying to divers for hand-caught scallops and in particular the
issue of unqualified divers and those without licenses.
? Legislation governing the testing for Scallop toxins and the landing of
? Maximum number of scallops that could be catched by an unlicensed vessel
? Need to review the Prohibition of Fishing for Scallops (Scotland) Order 2003
? Need for SWOT analysis of various legislative instruments currently in force to
inform the legislation review as well as agreement on how to undertake an
initial scoping phase by consulting with key stakeholders, i.e. site visits or
? Need to look at the development of eco-friendly gear.
WORKSHOP SESSIONS (ITEM 6)
15. Mike Berthet explained that this session was an opportunity for members to
get to know each other while identifying the main issues of concern and mapping
issues that the group may consider for the Action Plan.
16. It was explained that the group would be split into four themed discussion
sub-groups which included:
16.1 Group 1- Environmental impact of scallop fishing practises led by
16.2 Group 2 - Science, stock sustainability and viability led by Trevor
16.3 Group 3- Marketing and promotion of scallops within the UK &
Overseas led by Ian Thomson
16.4 Group 4 - Fisheries Management, influence of recent policy
developments and external issues led by Alessia Morris
17. The sub-groups identified the following key priorities:
? Group 1 – Strong read-across between the environmental dimension and
other aspects of scallop strategy; there is potential for win: win solutions, e.g.
fishery and environment benefits from strategy; need for effective
communication about the environmental aspects of scallop fishery
? Group 2 - Need for further scallop scientific knowledge; more collaborative
with industry representatives/fishermen.
? Group 3 – Exploring markets and products; accreditation/quality assurance
schemes; diet and education.
? Group 4 – Coordination between local, regional and national rules/measures;
streamlining the regulatory framework to enable improved management of
scallop fisheries; and fleet strategy/decommissioning of the scallop fleet to
make the sector more viable.
Next Steps – Item 8
18. The group agreed to take forward work through thematic sub-groups working
in detail on specific issues as follows:
18.1 Marketing & Environment
? Anne Mosesley – Seafood Scotland (Team Leader)
? Laurie Watkins – Keltic Seafare (Scotland) Ltd
? David Donnan – SNH
? Mike Mair – Fraserburgh Seafoods Ltd
? Euan Beaton – MacDuff Shellfish
18.2 Science, Sustainability & Viability
? David Donnan – SNH (Team Leader)
? Bill Lart – Seafish
? John Hermse – Scallop Association & MNWFA
? Trevor Howell – FRS
? Kenneth McKab – CFA
? Dr Beth Lesley – NAFC
? David Jarrad – SAGB
? Tom Nicholson – NT Trawlers
18.3 Scallop Technical/Conservation Legislation Review
? Phil Galbraith – Marine Directorate (Team Leader)
? Jane Sandell – SFF
? Duncan McInnes – WIFA
? Owen Crane – Catcher
? Hansen Black – SFA
? John McAllister – Scallop Association & MNWFA
? John Hermse - Scallop Association & MNWFA
? Alistair Stewart – SFPA
? Kenny McKnab – CFA
? Tom Nicholson – NT Trawlers
A.O.C.B – Item 9
19. Clarifications were sought on what outputs the Scottish Government expected
from the group. It was stated that the group would produce high level strategic
document accompanied by an Action Plan.
DATE OF THE NEXT MEETING (ITEM 10)
20. It was agreed that the next meeting of the group would be held in mid-late
September. The Marine Directorate would liaise with individual members and inform
the group of the exact date and venue of the meeting nearer the time
21. It was agreed that sub-groups would meet over the summer to scope out
further the issues emerged from the meeting and workshop sessions and report the
full group in September