Sustainable fisheries for future generations

Closed 12 Sep 2018

Opened 4 Jul 2018


This White Paper ‘Sustainable fisheries for future generations’ sets out the government’s vision for future fisheries management and we want to hear your views.  

Why your views matter

Outside the EU, the UK will be an independent coastal state and will regain control of its waters and the natural resources within them. We will also have the flexibility to negotiate with other countries and ensure stocks are fished sustainably.

This paper charts our course for managing fisheries after leaving the European Union. Through this paper we are seeking views on all aspects of our emerging approach. This document is set out in four sections: 

Section 1 – Setting our course 

Section 2 – Pursuing sustainable management 

Section 3 – Resourcing the new approach 

Section 4 – Partnership working    

Some of the proposals outlined in this paper will apply to the whole of the UK, while some apply to England only.

If you have an interest in this consultation or any of Defra’s policy areas you can sign up to be a Defra stakeholder using the following link:


  • Charities/Voluntary Organisations
  • AWBs
  • Environmental campaigners
  • Food Business Operators
  • All Marine Users
  • Government Departments
  • Government Agencies
  • Devolved Administrations
  • Coastal Members of Parliament
  • Coastal local authorities
  • National Park Authorities
  • Recreation sector
  • Coastal Management sector
  • Industries and professional services
  • Ports and Harbour Authorities and Estuaries
  • Water/water Industry sector
  • IFCAs
  • Angling Organisations and Trade
  • Fishing Focus individual recipients
  • Consumer Groups
  • Commercial Fisheries Organisations
  • Fisheries Producer Organisations
  • Business/Private Sector
  • Policy Teams
  • Local Authorities
  • All Defra staff and ALBs
  • Fishermen
  • SME businesses
  • Leisure industry
  • Tourism industry
  • Shellfish Cultivators
  • Environmental Health Officers
  • Professional and Membership Organisations/Agencies
  • Public Bodies
  • Beach Users


  • Natural environment
  • Local nature partnerships
  • Biodiversity
  • Green infrastructure
  • Ecosystems services
  • Green economy
  • Sustainable development
  • Marine
  • Marine Conservation Zones
  • Marine licensing
  • Common Fisheries Policy
  • Fish stocks
  • Shellfish
  • Sea angling
  • Local environments
  • Resource Efficiency
  • Pollution Sector
  • Marine Conservation
  • Consultations
  • Impact Assessments
  • DEFRA Policy
  • Water Industry charging
  • Water Industry licencing
  • Policy and Delivery
  • Retailers
  • Access to countryside and coast
  • Inland waterways
  • Forestry
  • National Parks
  • Nature reserves
  • Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Common land
  • Conservation
  • Recreational sector
  • Whales and dolphins
  • Zoos