Consultation outcome

Reducing unused licences (latent capacity) in the English 10 metre and under fishing fleet

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Detail of outcome

We received 90 responses to the consultation. They were from a range of stakeholders including; individual fishermen, vessel owners, associations and industry organisations. The government response considered all of the responses received and related policy decisions.

We will proceed with temporary restrictions on licences for quota species and a temporary suspension of shellfish entitlements.

Original consultation

Summary

Seeking views on options for reducing the unused licences (latent capacity) in the English 10 metre and under finfish and shellfish sectors.

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Consultation description

We want to know what you think about current levels of latent capacity in the English 10 metre and under finfish and shellfish sectors. We would also like your views on how to reduce latent capacity to help to solve any problems.

Latent capacity is the term used to describe the number of licences issued to allow fishing for quota species, which are not used. It also describes licences issued and used to catch 300kg quota species or less a year. The term is also used for rights (entitlements) to catch shellfish, which are not currently used.

This is part of our work to make the English inshore fleet more sustainable.

Published 10 February 2015
Last updated 17 December 2015 + show all updates
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