Scottish Creel Fishermen's Federation  

Scottish Creel Fishing
Creel fishing is a profitable, species-selective and environmentally sustainable form of fishing with very little by-catch. Target species are brought to the surface alive and undamaged, meaning that egg bearing ‘berried’ females or undersized animals can be returned to the sea. The carbon footprint (in particular fuel consumption) is minimal compared to other methods of fishing as the majority of boats are small and fish relatively close to shore.

Creel fishing takes place around Scotland’s coast. Creeling, and the many shore based services that rely on it, are often the main source of employment in fragile rural communities. The boats that make up the inshore creel fishery are small - usually under 10 metres long- which means that engine size and weather dictate how far from shore, and how often they can fish. One or two people normally crew a creel boat, one of whom is usually the owner. There were 1042 active creel fishing boats in Scotland in 2011. The main markets for the shellfish caught are on the European continent.

Scottish Creel Fishermen's Federation : Creel Boat at Work

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