Informal Consultation – Devon and Severn IFCA – Size of Vessels Byelaw31 August 2021 Leave Feedback
D&S IFCA is inviting views on the development of a Size of Vessels Byelaw that will replace the existing Size of Vessels Byelaw that was introduced by Devon Sea Fisheries in 1996. Input may assist D&S IFCA’s Byelaw and Permitting Sub-Committee in their decision making and influence the content of the Byelaw. The Size of Vessels Byelaw will apply to all commercial fishing vessels that are registered (Port letters and Numbers) and have a valid fishing licence.
Consultation – Management of the under 15m scallop fleet2 August 2021 Leave Feedback
The UK Western Waters regime currently sets scallop fishing limits for fishing vessels of 15m and over in specified areas on historical fishing activity. Defra is seeking views on the absence of fishing limits that presently apply to the under 15m fleet.
Consultation – Latent capacity in the over 10m scallop and shellfish fleet2 August 2021 Leave Feedback
Defra is consulting on latent capacity (unused fishing permits and entitlements) in the scallop and shellfish fleet for vessels over 10m in England in order to assess and support future management measures in the scallop and shellfish sector fleets.
Call for evidence – ICES area VIId king scallop fishery closure2 August 2021 Leave Feedback
The Marine Management Organisation (MMO), acting on behalf of all four UK Fisheries Administrations (UKFAs), is seeking views on a proposal to close the ICES area VIId king scallop (Pectens maximus) fishery between mid-August and mid-October 2021 to vessels of all lengths.
New Guidance on Seabass Measures & New Fisheries Technical Measures14 June 2021
Following the conclusion of fishing negotiations with the EU, Defra has announced in partnership with the MMO new guidance on seabass measures. Defra has also published a news story and details how new measures for all demersal otter trawls and seines in the Celtic Sea mixed fisheries are to be introduced later this year.
Thunnus UK Electronic Tagging 2021: ITT for Tagging Vessel27 May 2021
The University of Exeter and Cefas, with funding in 2021 & 2022 from the EU funded INTERREG FISH-INTEL grant, are continuing their efforts to further knowledge on the spatial ecology and seasonal timings of Atlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus; ABFT) in the waters of the Channel / Manche.
Help from industry needed with cetacean monitoring project17 May 2021
Seascope Fisheries Research Ltd, in conjunction with the NFFO and the Sea Mammal Research Unit, is developing a semi-autonomous and portable camera system to collect data related to the accidental bycatch of protected species such as dolphins, porpoises and seabirds.
MMO Launches Seafood Response Fund9 March 2021
The MMO has announced the launch of the Seafood Response Fund (SRF) that is designed to help UK fishing and shellfish aquaculture businesses that have been affected by the downturn of export and domestic markets for fish and shellfish due to the coronavirus pandemic and/or disruption to seafood exports earlier this year.