Consultations and Petitions

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Consultations

Consultation responses are a good way to get your community’s voice heard on local and national issues that are important to you, and they can also help with organising your group or seeking clarity and consensus around issues your community wants to speak on collectively.

You can visit Citizen Space – the Scottish Government’s consultation hub – which lists all consultations, or sign up for their consultation email updates.

Consultation on Remote Electronic Monitoring (REM)

Scottish Government are seeking views on proposals on the rollout of REM to the scallop and pelagic fleet segments, and initial views on REM applied across other sections of the fleet.

Closes 7th June 2022

Consultation on Scotland’s Future Catching Policy (FCP)

Scottish Government are seeking views on Scotland’s Future Catching Policy (FCP), which will establish a new approach to managing sea fishing activities within Scottish waters

Closes 7th June 2022

Relevant Petitions

Online petitions can be an excellent way to show public support for, or against, something and some can even be debated in Holyrood or Westminster if they receive a certain level of support.

Open petitions shared by members, friends and supporters are listed below.

Bring Back the Fish – Bring Back Scotland’s #InshoreLimit

We call on First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and the Scottish Government to follow their own policies and stop the chronic destruction of our seabed by urgently reinstating a coastal limit on bottom-trawl and dredge fishing.

Find out more about the OurSeas Coalition.

Save dolphins, porpoises and seals from Scottish salmon farms

Porpoises, dolphins and whales are being driven from feeding grounds and can be deafened by Acoustic Deterrent Devices (ADDs) used by salmon farms.  These mammals echolocate to find food, and if deafened will starve.

Most Scottish farms use cheap single nets. Dead fish accumulate and tempt seals to bite salmon through the net. 121 of 172 farms use ADDs (outputting over 179 decibels) to deter seals, but because ADDs are not very effective, farmers using ADDs also shoot seals.