The Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture this week launched a consultation to gain views on new proposals designed to sustainably manage the queen scallop fishery in the Manx territorial sea in 2014.
The consultation documents can be downloaded from the government’s website and the closing date for responses is Friday, January 31.
It is proposed to retain some of the measures used in 2013 including an increased minimum landing size (MLS) of 55mm, a weekend ban on fishing and a curfew on fishing between 6pm and 6am.
Proposed new measures include a move to managing the fishery via the Isle of Man consolidated licence issued to permit fishing in the territorial sea.
This measure would replace the use of emergency byelaws which are time consuming to produce.
Licence variations can be quickly issued and can be used to change spatial and temporal closures, the gear type used for fishing or the quota allowed.