Work on Next Phase of Nephrops Long Term Management Plan -Invitation to Tender

8th March 2013 in Advisory Councils, North Sea, Shellfish

Sustainable Fishing Plan for the Fladen Nephrops Fishery for the Scottish Whitefish Producers Association

  • Summary

The Scottish Whitefish Producers Association (SWFPA) is seeking tenders from competent bodies or consortia to formulate a sustainable fishing plan for the Nephrops norvegicus fishery in the Fladen grounds. The successful tender should demonstrate comprehensive skill and experience in consultation and facilitation with diverse stakeholder groups as a key element of the bid. The invitation to tender and successful submission will be included as part of the contract. Tenders should be returned to no later than 1700 on 8 April 2013.

  • The Client

The Scottish White Fish Producers Association Limited (SWFPA) was set up in 1943 to protect the interests of fishermen in Scotland. The activity of it's members account for some seventy percent of the Scottish demersal revenue and around 40% of the UK.

  • Background

SWFPA is a key member of the North Sea Regional Advisory Council (NSRAC) which has been actively working on a Long Term Management Plan (LTMP) for Nephrops norvegicus, a species of key importance to members of SWFPA. The LTMP draft is available at The process of creating the overarching North Sea management plan has concluded that the best way of managing the discrete Nephrops fisheries of the North Sea is by acknowledging the individuality of each of the fishing areas and constructing tailored sustainability plans, focussing on recommendations for the most appropriate methods of ensuring sustained stock health for that specific ground and using a ‘tool box’ approach. A full project outline is appended to this invitation.

  • Scope of Work

It is anticipated that the project will have four main phases; scoping, impact assessment, consultation, report writing.

Phase 1: Scoping Exercise

A scoping exercise is required to identify the characteristics of the fishery, the actors in the fishery and the specific issues associated with it. The exercise will focus on the three pillars of the LTMP (economic, social and biological) and should clearly identify a list of potential management measures as part of a tool box approach. It is anticipated to be a desk top study with some telephone interviews between the consultants and the steering group and other identified individuals. It should result in a scoping document to be agreed with the steering group and will provide the basis for the rest of the project.

Phase 2: Impact Assessment

The output of the scoping exercise (a list of possible management measures) will then be assessed to determine the potential impact. The impact assessment will be carried out under the three pillars of the LTMP; economic, biological and environmental. Compound measures and the impacts on different metiers and sub-sections will be considered and these impacts, along with the list of tools, will be used to inform the consultation phase of the project.

Phase 3: Consultation

In the process of writing the basic LTMP document, the LTMP working group undertook a comprehensive consultation process, with a number of visits to North Sea ports. It is anticipated that a similar exercise will be carried out, centred on Fraserburgh as the hub for the Fladen fishery, by using professional facilitators and facilitation techniques. It is thought that more than one event will be required to capture a good cross-section of the fleet but, if possible, a single event, timed to coincide with other meetings (such as SWFPA Nephrops Committee), will be used. The outputs from the scoping exercise and the impact assessment phase will be presented to the consultees and their views will be used to produce a suite of nested measures suitable for use in the Fladen area.

Phase 4: Report Writing (Plan)

The output of the first three phases will be compiled and a detailed report produced. The sustainability plan, complete with narrative of the various options, will be the most important element of this and it will be presented both in a longer and shortened version, the latter of which will be aimed directly at industry members. Both versions will clearly present the measures recommended and how they will interact with each other.

  • Timescale and Costs

It is anticipated that the project will take around 12 months for completion. The budget for the project is £45,000.

  • Instructions to Invitees

Full tenders should be returned to SFSAG by 1700 on 8 April 2013. Tenders should be clearly marked ‘Fladen Sustainable Fishing Plan’ and returned to:

Lianne Morenc


Fraserburgh Business Centre

South Harbour Road



AB43 9TN


Tenders should include:

  • Estimated start and finish dates
  • Realistic timeline
  • Responsibilities of each team member
  • Estimation of time spent on the project by each team member
  • Outline of potential risks and contingency plans
  • Contact Details

For an information discussion or for any additional information, please use the following contact details.


Mike Park



Jane Sandell