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Details of changes to fixed quota allocation (FQA) system and forms for requesting a new holding statement (FQA3).
A register of FQA holdings, as agreed in the Concordat on the management of the UK’s fish quotas and licences, was published in December 2013. This initial phase of the FQA Register provided a detailed list of fishing vessel licence and entitlement holders who hold FQA units. Details are given of the FQA units attributable to each licence and entitlement including for the latter those held on Producer Organisation (PO) “dummy licences” together with the source of such units. The register was developed with the aim of providing greater transparency around who holds FQAs within the UK, as well as improving fisheries management by helping the industry to make better use of quota.
The second phase of the Register went live on Monday 30 June 2014, and enables FQA holders to transfer their FQA units electronically subject to Quota Management Rules, making the transactions digital by default. This replaces the previous paper based system (FQA2) form. The FQA register is accessible online.