Mackerel box closure

Information on what to do if you intend to fish within the mackerel box and are holding mackerel on board your vessel.


Mackerel box closure

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If you are intending to fish within the mackerel box and are holding mackerel on board you are required to provide a minimum of 24 hours notice. You must notify no more than 36 hours, and no less than 24 hours, before your vessel enters that area.

You are also required to give a further notification upon entry to the mackerel box, where you shall notify of the total quantities of mackerel on-board and which are entered in the logbook.

Fishing for mackerel within the geographical area shall be prohibited where more than 15 % of the catch for that species is caught using:

  • a towed gear with a mesh size of less than 70 mm; or
  • purse seines.

Mackerel box co-ordinates are as follows:

  • a point on the south coast of the United Kingdom at longitude 2°00′ W
  • latitude 49°30′ N, longitude 2°00′ W
  • latitude 49°30′ N, longitude 7°00′ W
  • latitude 52°00′ N, longitude 7°00′ W
  • a point on the west coast of the United Kingdom at latitude 52°00′ N

This includes ICES rectangle areas: 28E3, 31E3, 29E3, 32E3, 28E4, 28E7, 29E4, 29E7, 30E4, 30E7, 31E4, 31E7, 32E4, 32E7, 28E5, 28E6, 29E5, 29E6, 30E5, 30E6, 31E5, 31E6, 32E5, 32E6, 30E3

This shall not apply:

(a) to vessels fishing exclusively with gill nets and/or hand lines

(b) to vessels fishing with demersal trawls, Danish seines or other similar towed nets, provided that they have on board a minimum of 75 % by live weight of marine organisms with the exception of anchovy, herring, horse mackerel, mackerel, pelagic cephalopods and sardine, calculated as a percentage of the total live weight of all the marine organisms on board

(c) to vessels which are not equipped for fishing and to which mackerel are being transhipped

For further details please see Article 22 of Council Regulation 850/98.

Published 12 August 2014
Last updated 15 May 2017 + show all updates
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