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New measures for all demersal fish trawl nets and purse seine in the Celtic mixed fishery will be introduced later this year after the end of negotiations between the UK and the EU on restrictions on the catch of shared fish stocks in 2021.

Since these gears have a highly mixed catch, including valuable non-quarter species with bycatch of cod, haddock and whiting, this measure came into effect on September 5 and of all types. It will be applied to bottom trawling and purse seine (excluding beam trawl). Discussions are ongoing on the selection criteria that apply to the beam trawler fleet fishery, where the fishing gear used by a significant proportion of vessels is more selective than the current selection criteria.

In recent years, technical measures have been introduced to protect cod, haddock and whiting in the Celtic region. The UK Government has implemented a review of these measures with the aim of further reducing unwanted catches of cod and whiting and eliciting a wide range of benefits to improve the selectivity of all species. The proposed measures, introduced in 2021, will simplify the rules currently in force and extend to cover the wider area of ​​the West Strait (ICES 7e), excluding the waters of the Crown Dependents.Outside the UK waters, vessels must comply with: 2021/92 EUReg Art 15 “Technical Measures for Cod and Whiting in the Celtic Sea”.

New measures applicable to UK waters

To enable adaptive management, a new UK statutory document will revoke current Celtic Sea technical measures (EU Reg 123/2020 Art9, 223/2019 EUReg Art13, and EU Reg 737 / 2012). It provides detailed technical measures introduced through foreign vessel licenses in the United Kingdom and UK waters.

Significant changes will be made in the West Channel (ICES 7e), replacing the 100mm codec baseline with the current complex rules based on catch composition.

The British waters inland of the Celtic Sea Reserve (CSPZ: ICES is divided into 7f, 7g, 7h north of 49 ° 30’north latitude, and 7j north and east of 49 ° 30’longitude. ° West), 110mm baseline mesh size with 120mm square mesh panel applies to bottom fish trawl and purse seine.

In the UK area of ​​7e, f, g, h, j on the outside of the inner CSPZ, a baseline mesh size of 100 mm applies. Except for the area 5 ° west and 7e east, you will also need a 100mm square mesh panel.

Throughout the region (7e, f, g, h, j UK waters), up to 6mm single or 4mm double lace thickness is applied and reinforced bags other than vessels intended for neflops are prohibited. Certain accusations will continue to apply subject to further evidence gathering and consultation.

  • The defined thresholds for neflop vessels (> 5% neflop of catch) will continue to apply and these fisheries have specific technical measures / derogations.
  • Current measures for vessels specifically targeted in the area 5 ° west to 7f east will continue to apply.
  • On board the CSPZ, which catches 55% or more whiting or 55% or more hake, anglers and Megrims can continue to use 100mm Codex with 100mm square mesh panels. New criticisms apply while ongoing scientific assessments of the use of lighter twine in coastal fisheries are pending.
  • Vessels operating otter trawl nets and seine nets on a 7f 12 nautical mile belt can use 100 mm Codex and 100 mm square mesh panels. In this situation, using a square mesh panel is optional.
  • Otters trawl nets and bottom purse nets fishing within 7e west 5  west (in ICES rectangles 28E3 and 28E4) or 7f 12 nautical miles use 100 mm codex with a single twine up to 5 mm thick. I can do it. In this situation, using a square mesh panel is optional. This is subject to test evaluation.

The measures are flexible and are intended to take into account evidence supporting further accusations. Proposals for collecting evidence of further accusations can be submitted to the MMO.

The government plans to discuss selective measures applicable to the Celtic Nephrops fishery later this year.

A square mesh panel must be installed according to the license terms.

Figure 1 – Regulations that apply to the UK section of the Celtic Sea Reserve (CSPZ), excluding the waters of the Royal Dependents.

Outside the UK waters, vessels must comply with Article 15 of 2021/92, “Technical Measures for Cod and Whiting in the Celtic Sea,” attached at the bottom of this document.


These new measures are expected to apply from September 5, at which point the license terms will come into effect.

Slandering continues to be considered at least every two years or in the light of new evidence, and further changes are subject to consultation.

Timing provides three months to adapt to the new measures, and companies are advised to check with the net manufacturer that the supply will be available.

Depending on availability, funding may be available through fisheries and seafood schemes to improve the selectivity associated with Celtic Sea measures. This applies before September 5th.

For funding information, please email us. FaSS.Queries@marinemanagement.org.uk

If you have any questions about these measures, please contact the MMO at 0330 123 1032 or email us at: info@marinemanagement.org.uk

Single area license terms

The new single area license terms apply to beam trawlers (both UK and non-UK vessels). Current single-region licensing rules in place to ensure that Dover sole catches currently apply only to UK vessels.

The new provisions, which will come into effect on October 4, are defined within the terms of the license and apply to vessels of all nationalities within the UK’s fishing restrictions, except in the waters of the Royal Dependents.

Beam trawlers fishing in the relevant area (5  West 7e UK waters, see chart below) must not fish outside ICES area 7e on the same trip and will enter and leave the UK port. is needed. Alternatively, the vessel can contact the UKFMC before starting fishing in the relevant area, before the exit, and before making the vessel available at checkpoints on request, in ICES area 7e on the same trip. You can fish outside.

If the vessel is not required by the UK FMC to facilitate inspection, it can continue to any area outside ICES Area 7e.

Details of the new measures will be incorporated into the vessel’s license terms.

Figure 2: Single Area License-Related Areas (British waters excluding Royal Dependent Waters).

Chart 2

If you have any questions about these measures, please contact the MMO at 0330 123 1032 or email us at: info@marinemanagement.org.uk.

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