Commercial fishing and fisheries – collection

Manage your fishing effort

Details of how to manage your effort in the Cod Recovery Zone, Sole Recovery Zone and Western Waters.

As commercial fishermen you are responsible for managing your fishing effort to help improve the sustainability of different fish stocks.

The Marine Management Organisation manages fishing in particular sea areas and restricts the amount of fish that you can catch, how you catch the fish and how many days you can fish for.

Your vessel’s effort limit is calculated by multiplying its days at sea in relevant areas by the engine power to give a total of kilowatt (KW) days of effort.

The Marine Management Organisation follows all Defra statistical policies.

Cod Recovery Zone

The cod scheme limits the number of days an eligible vessel can fish for cod with certain fishing gear in sea areas IV, VII and VI.

  1. Manage your fishing effort: Cod Recovery Zone 2016/2017

    • Statutory guidance

Sole Recovery Zone

The sole scheme limits the number of days an eligible vessel can fish for sole with certain fishing gear in Area VIIe.

  1. Manage your fishing effort: Sole Recovery Zone 2016/2017

    • Statutory guidance

Western Waters

Scallops

The scallop scheme limits the number of days an eligible over-15-metre vessel can fish for king (Pecten maximus) or queen scallops (Aequipecten opercularis) in Area VII.

Crabs

The crab scheme is led by the fishing industry to self-manage the fishery to get the most out of the fishery and minimise effort uptake in Area VII.

  1. Manage your fishing effort: Western Waters crabs and scallops

    • Detailed guide