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Monday, 17 February 2014

Latest news - the MMO’s role in bad weather

As part of the Defra network the Marine Management Organisation has offered its support to the organisations dealing with the impact of the recent bad weather.

The MMO’s coastal offices continue to be open and will act as a local point of contact for members of the fishing industry.

Fisheries

While fishing activity may be lower during the winter months we recognise the exceptionally difficult conditions facing the industry and coastal communities at present.

Our quota managers are working hard to help maximise fishing opportunities for the industry. We will be flexible and make best use of the pool quota for vessels which aren’t members of Fish Producer Organisations when they are able to get out to sea. For example we are trialling quarterly, rather than monthly catch limits.

Fish Producer Organisations manage the quota allocations for their members.

Further information on quota management is in the fisheries section.

We are currently working with Defra to look into what help is available to fishermen that have been affected by the storms.