Consultation outcome

Fixed quota allocations: changing the way units are allocated for England’s 10m and under fishing fleet

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

This consultation has concluded

Download the full outcome

Summary of responses

Detail of outcome

We received 68 written responses to the consultation. We have decided not to take forward the proposed voluntary fixed quota allocation scheme. We will continue discussions with the fishing and shellfish industry. These discussions will look at how fishermen with 10 metre and under vessels in England can have greater control and certainty over catches. It will also look at increasing flexibility about when they fish.

Detail of feedback received

We received 68 responses to the consultation. Many of these suggest detailed, alternative approaches to those set out in the consultation document. The process required us to review all of the responses and consider how such alternatives can inform the strategic direction of our policy. This has led us to revise the original date for publishing the government response.

We aim to publish the summary of responses and government response by the end of January 2015.

Original consultation


Seeking views on proposals to give England’s under 10m fishing fleet the option to have an annual Fixed Quota Allocation (FQAs).

This consultation ran from

Consultation description

We want to know what you think about plans to give England’s under 10m (U10m) fishing fleet the option to receive an annual Fixed Quota Allocation (FQAs). This informal consultation will help us develop these proposals and how they would work.

This is to improve certainty in business planning and fishing opportunity available to fishermen with U10m vessels.

If the proposals go ahead, we envisage that the FQA entitlement of each licence will have been calculated from the beginning of 2015.


Published 18 August 2014
Last updated 10 February 2015 + show all updates
  1. Summary of responses added.
  2. Updated as due to complex nature of responses, the summary of responses and government response will not be published until January 2015.
  3. First published.