Consultation Hub

The site lists consultations that are run by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. On this site you can find, share or take part in consultations. Public participation is very important to the development of our policies so please have your say.

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  • Perthnasoedd mewn contractau yn niwydiant cynnyrch ffres y Deyrnas Unedig

    Mae llywodraeth y Deyrnas Unedig wedi ymrwymo i fynd i'r afael ag annhegwch mewn contractau lle mae'n bodoli yn y gadwyn gyflenwi bwyd-amaeth. Yn Uwchgynhadledd y Deyrnas Unedig, O’r Fferm i’r Fforc, a gynhaliwyd yn Downing Street ar 16 Mai 2023 cyhoeddodd llywodraeth y Deyrnas Unedig adolygiad...

    Closed 22 February 2024

  • Contractual relationships in the UK fresh produce industry

    The UK government is committed to tackling contractual unfairness where it exists in the agri-food supply chain. At the UK Farm to Fork Summit held at Downing Street on 16 May 2023 the UK government announced a new review into fairness in the horticulture supply chain to support British farmers and...

    Closed 22 February 2024

  • Open Access Restriction at Lazy Knowe 2 – NY57628813 (case number 2023120083)

    The Forestry Commission is seeking views on proposals that will restrict public access to open access land at this site. The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CRoW Act) gives a public right of access to land mapped as ‘open country’ (mountain, moor, heath and down) or registered common land....

    Closed 20 February 2024

  • Call for evidence – Stage 4 fishing in marine protected areas

    The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) is seeking additional evidence and views to support Stage 4 of the assessment and management of fishing in offshore marine protected areas (MPAs). Stage 4 considers the impacts of fishing on offshore MPAs designated for highly mobile...

    Closed 13 February 2024

  • Open access restriction at Hemyock Common (case number 2013036672)

    Natural England is seeking views on proposals that will restrict public access to open access land at this site. The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CROW Act) gives a public right of access to land mapped as ‘open country’ (mountain, moor, heath and down) or registered common land. These...

    Closed 12 February 2024

We Asked, You Said, We Did

Here are some of the issues we have consulted on and their outcomes. See all outcomes

We asked

Defra consulted on establishing permitting regimes for the recreational targeting of bluefin tuna (BFT) in UK waters.

You said

Of the 167 responses, the vast majority of respondents (139, 83%), across all interested groups, broadly supported the proposed design for the new UK permitting regimes for the recreational targeting of BFT.

Of those respondents not in favour, the vast majority supported the concept of recreational BFT fisheries but had specific concerns about the proposed design.

We did

On the basis of the strong support to the consultation for new UK permitting regimes for the recreational targeting of BFT, Defra will bring forward the necessary legislation.

Each UK fisheries administration (FA) will determine if, and when, to introduce a BFT catch and release recreational fishery (CRRF) in its waters. We intend to open a BFT CRRF in English waters in 2024.

Our full Government response is available on GOV.UK.

We asked

Defra consulted on the scope of animal health and welfare offences that could be covered by penalty notices and elements on how the penalty regime might work in practice

You said

More than 85% of respondents to the consultation supported the view that penalty notices could be a proportionate tool to ensure compliance with animal health and welfare regulations and supported the use of penalty notices to enforce regulations across different areas of animal health and welfare legislation.

We did

As a result, we will introduce legislation to make penalty notices available as an enforcement option for named enforcers to use where appropriate for specified offences across animal health and welfare legislation.

We asked

Are new management measures required in Lyme Bay to protect the sole fishery?  

You said

Yes, additional management is required.

We did

In brief, MMO will: 

  • Create a new vessel licence condition requiring enhanced visibility and identification of passive gear 

  • Publish a form for reporting lost and found gear that can be used without the need for names in order to improve data on the frequency of these events   

  • Set a reduced sole catch limit of 200kg for non-sector vessels fishing with scallop dredges in ICES area 7e   

  • Hold discussions with Producer Organisations about ways members can reduce sole bycatch when fishing with dredges  

  • Support additional research to understand the potential need, benefits and risks of changes to minimum landing sizes or gear configurations   

  • Facilitate a meeting for representative industry members to discuss the potential for separating areas of Lyme Bay for use by different fishing methods at different times of the year. It will be hosted by MMO in early 2024.