Policy paper

Concordat on management arrangements for fishing quotas and licensing in the UK

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

UK Fisheries Administrations have agreed a Concordat on the management of the UK’s fish quotas and licences.



Under the Concordat, Defra, the Northern Ireland Executive, the Scottish Government and the Welsh Assembly Government will each be allocated annually agreed shares of UK quotas for distribution to their fleets.  These allocations will, as now, be based on Fixed Quota Allocation Units (FQAs). 

There will, however, be no permanent split of UK quota and fishing vessels will continue to be free to move their operations to another part of the UK. 

The Concordat also rationalises arrangements for the licensing and administration of fishing vessels, and formalises existing arrangements for the management of the UK’s fishing effort (days at sea) under the EU Cod Recovery Plan.

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