Commercial fishing and fisheries – collection

Closed fishing areas

Details of all closures including who they apply to, coordinates, charts and geographic information system data.

All closure are based on historical data and are compulsory for all UK English vessels 10 metres and over using demersal trawls (including otter, beam and seines), fixed nets (including gill, entangling and trammel) and longlines.

MMO RTC closures, as with the closures introduced by Marine Scotland, are compulsory for all UK English vessels of 10 metres and over, using demersal trawl (including otter, beam and seines), fixed nets (including gill, entangling and trammel) and longlines.

All UK English vessels under 10 metres, using demersal trawls (including otter, beam and seines), fixed nets (including gill, entangling and trammel) and longlines are requested to comply with these closures to assist with the preservation and recovery of cod stocks.

The EU also runs a scheme in all EU waters that applies to all EU fishing vessels.

Inshore Fisheries Conservation Authorities (IFCAs) have responsibility for areas within 6 nautical miles, including Marine Protected Areas. Their byelaws can affect fishing activities in certain areas. You can read more information about the IFCAs.

Archive of closed areas

An archive of closed areas from before March 2014 is available from The National Archives.

  1. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs) 22 April 2016 to 12 May 2016

    • Statutory guidance
  2. Scottish Juvenile Real Time Closure (RTC) 26 April 2016 to 16 May 2016

    • Statutory guidance
  3. Real Time Closures (RTCs): April 2016

    • Statutory guidance
  4. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs) 1 April 2016 to 21 April 2016

    • Statutory guidance
  5. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs) 11 March 2016 to 31 March 2016

    • Statutory guidance
  6. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs) 19 February 2016 to 10 March 2016

    • Statutory guidance
  7. Real Time Closures (RTCs): March 2016

    • Statutory guidance
  8. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs) 29 January 2016 to 18 February 2016

    • Statutory guidance
  9. Real Time Closures (RTCs): February 2016

    • Statutory guidance
  10. Real Time Closures (RTCs): January 2016

    • Statutory guidance
  11. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs) 8 January 2016 to 26 January 2016

    • Statutory guidance
  12. Real Time Closures (RTCs): December 2015

    • Statutory guidance
  13. South Devon trawling and crabbing chart 2015

    • Statutory guidance
  14. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs) 11 December 2015 to 31 December 2015

    • Statutory guidance
  15. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs) 20 November 2015 to 10 December 2015

    • Statutory guidance
  16. Real Time Closures (RTCs): November 2015

    • Statutory guidance
  17. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs) 9 October 2015 to 29 October 2015

    • Statutory guidance
  18. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs) 14 October 2015 to 3 November 2015

    • Statutory guidance
  19. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs) 30 October 2015 to 19 November 2015

    • Statutory guidance
  20. Real Time Closures (RTCs): October 2015

    • Statutory guidance
  21. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs) 18 September 2015 to 08 October 2015

    • Statutory guidance
  22. Real Time Closure (RTC) Skagerrak 29 September to 19 October 2015

    • Statutory guidance
  23. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs) 29 September 2015 to 19 October 2015

    • Statutory guidance
  24. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs) 19 September 2015 to 09 October 2015

    • Statutory guidance
  25. Precautionary area at Eigersundsbanken 28 September to 4 October 2015.

    • Statutory guidance
  26. Real Time Closures (RTCs): September 2015

    • Statutory guidance
  27. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs) 28 August 2015 to 17 September 2015

    • Statutory guidance
  28. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs) 17 July 2015 to 6 August 2015

    • Statutory guidance
  29. Sea areas closed from 00:01 on 7 August 2015 to 23:59 on 27 August 2015

    • Statutory guidance
  30. Real Time Closures (RTCs): August 2015

    • Statutory guidance
  31. Real Time Closures (RTCs): July 2015

    • Statutory guidance
  32. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs) 1 July 2015 to 21 July 2015

    • Statutory guidance
  33. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs) 9 July 2015 to 29 July 2015

    • Statutory guidance
  34. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs) 26 June 2015 to 16 July 2015

    • Statutory guidance
  35. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs) 18 June 2015 to 8 July 2015

    • Statutory guidance
  36. Precautionary area at Koralbanken (19 June to 3 July 2015)

    • Statutory guidance
  37. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs) 5 June 2015 to 25 June 2015

    • Statutory guidance
  38. Real Time Closures (RTCs): June 2015

    • Statutory guidance
  39. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs) 16 May 2015 to 4 June 2015

    • Statutory guidance
  40. Precautionary Area - Store Fiskebank (30 May - 13 June 2015)

    • Statutory guidance
  41. Real Time Closure (RTC) in the Norwegian Economic Zone

    • Statutory guidance
  42. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs) 11 April 2015 to 1 May 2015

    • Statutory guidance
  43. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs) 3 April 2015 to 23 April 2015

    • Statutory guidance
  44. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs): March to April 2015

    • Statutory guidance
  45. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs): February to March 2015

    • Statutory guidance
  46. Real Time Closures (RTCs): May 2015

    • Statutory guidance
  47. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs) 24 April 2015 to 14 May 2015

    • Statutory guidance
  48. Real Time Closures (RTCs): April 2015

    • Statutory guidance
  49. Real Time Closures (RTCs): March 2015

    • Statutory guidance
  50. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs): January to February 2015

    • Statutory guidance
  51. Real Time Closure (RTC) in the Skagerrak

    • Statutory guidance
  52. Real Time Closures (RTCs): February 2015

    • Statutory guidance
  53. Real Time Closures (RTCs): January 2015

    • Statutory guidance
  54. Real Time Closures (RTCs): December 2014

    • Statutory guidance
  55. Real Time Closures (RTCs): November 2014

    • Statutory guidance
  56. Real Time Closures (RTCs): October 2014

    • Statutory guidance
  57. Real Time Closures (RTCs): September 2014

    • Statutory guidance
  58. Real Time Closures (RTCs): August 2014

    • Statutory guidance
  59. Real Time Closures (RTCs): July 2014

    • Statutory guidance
  60. Real Time Closures (RTCs): June 2014

    • Statutory guidance
  61. Real Time Closures (RTCs): May 2014

    • Statutory guidance
  62. Real Time Closures (RTCs): April 2014

    • Statutory guidance
  63. Real Time Closures (RTCs): March 2014

    • Statutory guidance
  64. Seasonal closures 2014

    • Statutory guidance
  65. Real Time Closures (RTCs): May 2016

    • Statutory guidance
  66. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs) 13 May 2016 to 2 June 2016

    • Statutory guidance
  67. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs) 3 June 2016 to 23 June 2016

    • Statutory guidance