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Fish Producer Organisation (PO)

Information for PO's on how to gain recognition, produce annual reports, submit production and marketing plans and ensure compliance.

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) promotes the sustainable exploitation of UK marine fisheries and works in collaboration PO’s to manage fishing opportunities.

PO’s are officially recognised bodies set up by fishery or aquaculture producers. They play a role in managing quotas and marketing the fisheries products of their members. There are currently 11 established PO’s in England (24 in total in the UK).

PO recognition

PO’s must be deemed to be sufficiently economically active, and must therefore meet one of the following criteria on an ongoing basis; the:

  • number of vessels operated by PO members is at least 20% of the total number of vessels operating in its area
  • PO disposes of at least 15% by weight of total production in its area
  • PO disposes of at least 30% by weight of total production in a major port or market in its area
  • PO has a minimum of 200 members that are active fishermen (the PO must provide a list of vessels and their landings data over the previous 3 years, where applicable)

Applying to be a fish Producer Organisation (PO)

Groups of fishery or aquaculture producers can form a PO if they are able to demonstrate an ability to meet the requirements set out in the accompanying guidance

An optional template is available, which applicants can choose whether to use when applying to become a PO. Use of the template is optional, but all the requirements of the guidance must be demonstrated.

The MMO encourages prospective applicants to engage in pre-application advice. This can be arranged by contacting fmc@marinemanagement.org.uk or calling 0300 123 1032 and asking for the fisheries management team.

Production and marketing plan

PO’s must submit Production and Marketing Plans (PMP) to the MMO at least once every 3 years. The information within the plan should demonstrate meeting the recognition criteria and the requirements of the CMO regulation on an ongoing basis.

Guidance and an optional template have been produced by the MMO to assist producer organisations when preparing a PMP.

Annual report

Annual reports summarise the producer organisations’ production programme over the previous 12 month period. Information within the report should include updates on progress towards meeting the objectives set out in the PMP. Evidence of meeting the recognition criteria and the requirements of the CMO regulation on an ongoing basis should also be provided.

Guidance and an optional template have been produced by the MMO to assist producer organisations when preparing an annual report.

Compliance and enforcement strategy

The MMO has a regulatory role to ensure producer organisations are in compliance with legislative obligations as set out in fisheries legislation. The MMO undertakes all compliance and monitoring in accordance with its compliance and enforcement strategy.

Published 9 August 2017