Fishing - managed areas

What is it: 

The various layers show areas which are subject to fishing restrictions or closures (either all year or seasonal) for one of a number of reasons: closed to all fishing; species restrictions; gear restrictions (static and mobile); vessel size / capacity restrictions.

One layer also shows areas between the 6 and 12 mile fishing limit where certain countries have historical access rights for certain species. The layers do not include details about fishery management measures based on % of catch.

Updated February 2016 to include MPA management and changes to EU legislation.

Updated graphs to show the tonnage and value of the catch in Scotland's seas (as found in Scotland’s Marine Atlas) can be accessed in the ‘Data Sources’ tab at the bottom of the page.

Links to Scotland's Marine Atlas: 
This information page is part of the theme: 
Montage of all layers to show various fishing restrictions © Marine Scotland

Links and Resources

Map Typesort descending Click title for metadata and licence information Date of data View Map
NMPi Areas where fishing with GILLNETS is restricted 2018-09-20 Access this map on NMPi
NMPi Areas where fishing for Cod, Haddock and Whiting with GILLNETS is restricted 2018-09-20 Access this map on NMPi
NMPi Areas where fishing for Cod, Haddock and Whiting with TRAWLS is restricted 2018-09-20 Access this map on NMPi
NMPi Areas where fishing of RAZOR CLAMS (Ensis spp.) is authorised for scientific purposes 2018-02-12 Access this map on NMPi
NMPi Areas where fishing of SPRAT is restricted 2018-09-20 Access this map on NMPi
NMPi Areas where fishing of QUEEN SCALLOPS is restricted 2018-09-20 Access this map on NMPi
NMPi Areas where fishing of BLUE LING is restricted 2018-09-20 Access this map on NMPi
NMPi Areas where fishing of BASS is restricted 2018-09-20 Access this map on NMPi
NMPi Areas where fishing of HERRING is restricted 2018-09-20 Access this map on NMPi
NMPi Areas where fishing BY HAND is restricted 2018-03-26 Access this map on NMPi
NMPi Areas where fishing of NORWAY POUT is restricted 2018-09-20 Access this map on NMPi
NMPi Areas where fishing of HORSE MUSSELS is restricted 2018-09-20 Access this map on NMPi
NMPi Areas where fishing of KING SCALLOPS is restricted 2018-09-20 Access this map on NMPi
NMPi Regulating and Several Orders for shellfish - October 2017 2018-08-13 Access this map on NMPi
NMPi Areas where fishing/harvesting of COCKLES is restricted 2018-09-20 Access this map on NMPi
NMPi Areas where fishing with CREELS is restricted 2018-09-20 Access this map on NMPi
NMPi Areas where fishing of SANDEELS is restricted 2018-09-20 Access this map on NMPi
NMPi Areas where fishing with (STATIC) HOOKS is restricted 2018-09-20 Access this map on NMPi
NMPi Areas where ALL FISHING is restricted 2018-09-20 Access this map on NMPi
NMPi Areas where fishing with BOTTOM TRAWLS is restricted 2018-09-20 Access this map on NMPi
NMPi Areas where fishing is allowed by NON-UK vessels within Scottish waters - foreign fishing rights in coastal waters and the Faroes Special Area 2017-04-18 Access this map on NMPi
NMPi Areas where fishing with PELAGIC TRAWLS is restricted 2018-09-20 Access this map on NMPi
NMPi Areas where fishing with DREDGES is restricted 2018-09-20 Access this map on NMPi
NMPi Areas where fishing with SUCTION DREDGES is restricted 2018-09-20 Access this map on NMPi
NMPi Areas where fishing with vessels over a certain LENGTH is restricted 2018-09-20 Access this map on NMPi