The Fisheries Management Team are consulting with fishermen on the proposed catch limits for March 2015 and the annual catch plan for key stocks.
Estimates of catch limits that will apply for the main quota species for the under 10 metre pool for March 2015 and a guide on the anticipated catch limits on for the rest of the year are available to view online. The estimates are based on the level of quota currently available although the MMO will continue to seek gifts and swaps in of stocks for the species listed in the documents.
Martyn Youell, Head of Fisheries Management and Compliance said:
“We know fishermen are keen to input on catch limits and so we have expanded how we consult to inform monthly catch limits.
“Fishermen can help us determine how we can maximise fisheries and reduce the risk of closing them throughout the year with their insight.
We cannot assume that we can swap in stocks just because we have a good track record of doing so over previous years.
“If this type of consultation works we will look to regularly consulting the industry in this way.
People are encouraged to comment on these matters by emailing FMC@marinemanagement.org.uk