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To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the reported damage to flame shell beds in Loch Carron, which are not protected in law, when it will publish a timetable for the proposed Inshore Fisheries Bill as part of the Inshore Fisheries Strategy, which committed to consider measures "to facilitate spatial management measures, devolve local management and give greater responsibilities to coastal communities, or tackle long standing management challenges".
As set out in the Programme for Government 2016-7 we intend to introduce the Bill in the second half of the parliamentary session. Details of the Inshore Fisheries Strategy can be found at http://www.gov.scot/Topics/marine/Sea-Fisheries/InshoreFisheries/InshoreFisheriesStrategy