Management of Under 15m Scallop Fleet

Closed 30 Aug 2021

Opened 19 Jul 2021


We are now an independent coastal State.  We are committed to developing a world-class fisheries management system.  It will embrace sustainable fishing and support a diverse, profitable and sustainable fleet which serves the needs of coastal communities and the UK economy.    

One of our priorities in this ambitious agenda is to improve how we manage non-quota stocks such as shellfish, whelks, cuttlefish etc.  We want these profitable but data-poor stocks to be healthy and abundant and managed sustainably, enriching the diversity of our marine environment and coastal communities.  To achieve that aim, we in Defra are working with the Scallop Industry Consultation Group, the Shellfish Industry Advisory Group and its species-specific sub-groups, to develop a future management programme for non-quota species.

The scallop and shellfish industry/government management groups have identified two areas of work that require further consideration, namely the management of the under 15m scallop fleet and latent capacity (unused licences and entitlements) within the over 10m scallop and shellfish fleet.  Two separate calls for evidence are being launched in parallel.  They aim to identify the level of risk and impacts associated with the unrestricted fishing of the under 15m scallop fleet and existing latent capacity and consider whether action is needed in these areas.

In this call for evidence, we are asking for views which will help us to better understand whether there are issues arising from limits not applying to the under 15m fleet and, if so, what these issues are and how this could be alleviated. We will use the evidence gathered to inform whether new management measures are required and if so, what form of response we might consider, to ensure the sustainability of scallop and shellfish fisheries.

Why your views matter

We would like to have views from industry and other relevant parties regarding the management of the under 15m scallop fleet in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

What happens next

Due to the extensive workload the Marine and Fisheries Directorate at Defra is currently facing, we have had to delay the publication of the summary of responses for the latent capacity in the over 10m scallop/shellfish fleet, and the management of the under 15m scallop fleet calls for evidence.

We received 20 and 18 responses respectively.

We expect to publish a full government response to this consultation in December 2021.


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