Real Time Area Closures

Since 2007, Scotland has operated a system of “real-time” closures of sea areas where there are concentrations of cod, such as at spawning time or where there are large aggregations of juveniles. This system of closures is designed to help the continuing recovery of cod stocks in the waters around Scotland.  The Real Time Closure scheme is one of the ‘conservation credit’ measures that Scotland has taken under the EU’s Cod Recovery Plan to allow Scottish vessels more time at sea in return for adopting conservation-minded fishing practices.

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