Consultation: Western Waters demersal for scallop fishing effort swap in FAO area VII

Closed 17 Aug 2019

Opened 17 Jul 2019

Results updated 17 Oct 2019

The UK Fisheries Administrations (DAERA Northern Ireland, MMO, Marine Scotland and the Welsh Government), DEFA Isle of Man and Defra have considered the responses to this consultation and have decided not to proceed with this transaction. The reasons for this decision are as follows:

  • Having obtained additional effort from France, the effort from this proposed swap is now surplus to requirements.
  • The lack of support for the swap from the responses received to the consultation.



The Marine Management Organisation, on behalf of the UK’s Fisheries Administrations (Marine Scotland, Welsh Government, DAERA Northern Ireland) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), is seeking your views on a proposed trade in effort between the UK scallop industry and the Dutch demersal fleet. 

Why your views matter

The UK scallop industry has negotiated a proposed trade in effort with the Dutch industry. This proposal has been tabled at the Scallop Industry Consultation Group (SICG) and the group has requested that the UK Government consider authorising the swap. In order to ensure all views are taken into consideration, including those outside of the scalloping sector, we are putting this proposal to public consultation.




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