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Closed fishing areas

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

As of January 2017 the MMO will not be implementing Real Time closures in English waters. You will still need to be aware of juvenile and seasonal closures and any closures in areas managed by other member states.

Please note, in addition to the MMO 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.

Areas currently closed

Published 11 June 2014
Last updated 30 November 2016 + show all updates
  1. Real Time Closures (RTCs): December 2016 added
  2. Real Time Closures (RTCs): November 2016 added
  3. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs) 30 October 2016 to 19 November 2016 added
  4. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs) 9 October 2016 to 29 October 2016 added
  5. Real Time Closures (RTCs): October 2016 added
  6. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs) 18 September 2016 to 8 October 2016 added
  7. Real Time Closures (RTCs): September 2016 added
  8. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs) 28 August 2016 to 17 September 2016 added
  9. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs) 7 August 2016 to 27 August 2016 added
  10. Real Time Closures (RTCs): August 2015 added
  11. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs) 23 July 2016 to 10 August 2016 added
  12. Real Time Closures (RTCs): August 2016 added
  13. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs) 17 July 2016 to 6 August 2016 added
  14. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs) 24 June 2016 to 14 July 2016 added
  15. Real Time Closures (RTCs): June 2016 added
  16. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs) 13 May 2016 to 2 June 2016 added
  17. Scottish Juvenile Real Time Closure (RTC) 26 April 2016 to 16 May 2016 added
  18. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs) 22 April 2016 to 12 May 2016 added
  19. Real Time Closures (RTCs): May 2016 added
  20. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs) 1 April 2016 to 21 April 2016 added
  21. Real time closure (RTCs): April 2016 added
  22. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs) 11 March 2016 to 31 March 2016 added
  23. Real Time Closures (RTCs): March 2016 added
  24. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs) 19 February 2016 to 10 March 2016 added
  25. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs) 29 January 2016 to 18 February 2016 added
  26. Real Time Closures (RTCs): February 2016 added
  27. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs) 6 January 2016 to 26 January 2016 added
  28. Real Time Closures (RTCs): January 2016 added
  29. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs) 11 December 2015 to 31 December 2015 data added
  30. December 2015 real time closure added
  31. Scottish RTC added
  32. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs) 30 October 2015 to 19 November 2015 added
  33. November closed areas added
  34. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs) 14 October 2015 to 3 November 2015 added
  35. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs) 9 October 2015 to 29 October 2015 added
  36. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs) 29 September 2015 to 19 October 2015 added
  37. Real time closures added
  38. October 2015 RTC added
  39. Addtio of Scottish RTCs effective from 19 September 2015 to 09 October 2015
  40. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs) 18 September 2015 to 08 October 2015 added
  41. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs) 28 August 2015 to 17 September 2015 added
  42. September RTC added
  43. Sea areas closed from 00:01 on 7 August 2015 to 23:59 on 27 August 2015 RTC added
  44. August RTC added
  45. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs) 17 July 2015 to 6 August 2015 added
  46. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs) 9 July 2015 to 29 July 2015 added
  47. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs) 1 July 2015 to 21 July 2015 added
  48. English waters text removed and July RTC added
  49. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs) 26 June 2015 to 16 July 2015 added
  50. Precautionary area at Koralbanken (19 June to 3 July 2015) added
  51. Scottish real time closure added
  52. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs) 5 June 2015 to 25 June 2015 added
  53. Precautionary Area - Store Fiskebank (30 May - 13 June 2015) RTC added
  54. June 2015 RTC added
  55. Scottish RTC dated 16 May added
  56. Norway economic zone real time closure added
  57. RTC added effective from 00:00 Friday 1 May 2015 and will reopen at 23:59 on Sunday 31 May 2015.
  58. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs) added
  59. Scottish Real Time Closures (RTCs) 11 April 2015 to 1 May 2015 added
  60. Scottish real time closures added
  61. April RTCs added
  62. Scottish RTC added March-April 2015
  63. March 2014 RTCs added
  64. Scottish real time closures added January to February 2015
  65. February 2015 real time closures added
  66. Real time closure for January 2015 and seasonal closure added
  67. Updated with December RTCs
  68. November RTCs added
  69. amended reference to IFCAs' remit
  70. October RTC added
  71. New closure effecting the Skagerrak until 9 October 2014
  72. September RTC added
  73. Added South Devon crabbing and trawling chart 2014.
  74. RTC's for August added - 28 July
  75. First published.