Seabed Reform

Dredged seabed illegal scallop dredging
Dredged Seabed Image © Howard Wood, COAST

CCN members care deeply about the seas which surround them and are coming together to speak out on shared issues of concern, such as illegal scallop dredging within our Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

The Scottish Government designated a suite of MPAs in 2014, however it is becoming increasingly clear that the effectiveness of management measures, in terms of their extent and enforcement, should be urgently reviewed. With reports of illegal incursions into MPAs, there is currently a critical need to ensure our MPAs and our inshore waters are being adequately managed, for the benefit of all.

Many CCN members are concerned about the high impact and ongoing use of bottom-towed mobile fishing gear within fragile inshore areas. There is clear evidence of damage to nationally important biodiversity features, like the impacts of dredging within Loch Carron, Gairloch and the Firth of Lorn.

CCN members within the Seabed Reform Sub-group are calling for the Precautionary Principle to be applied and a more careful approach to protecting Scotland’s precious inshore zone to be taken.