Consultation on the distribution of fixed quota allocation (FQA) units
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UK fishing quotas are distributed on the basis of the holdings of Fixed Quota Allocation units (FQAs) on fishing vessel licences.
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The FQA units are used in the allocation of quota in a way similar to a share system. The mix of FQAs held by vessels in membership of each fishing group at 1 January each year is used to determine the share of the UK quota each group receives. A fishing group can be a Producer Organisation (PO) or a pool of vessels managed by a UK Fisheries Administration.
The UK Quota Management Rules set out the shared policy of the UK Fisheries Administrations (FAs) that, “Where new quotas are allocated to the UK, the FAs will generally seek to establish appropriate FQA units, following consultation with representatives of the fishing industry and any other interested parties.” For fish stocks that have come into existence after the 1994 -1996 reference period, decisions on the distribution of FQAs have been made by UK FAs in consultation with stakeholders. This document seeks your views on options for establishing FQAs for stocks currently allocated by temporary allocation methods.
This consultation invites your views on the method to establish the new FQA units by asking five specific questions. Please submit your comments to email@example.com by Friday 26 February 2016.