Who we are and what we do
The Fisheries Division of the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture (DEFA) undertakes to manage and protect fisheries and their supporting ecosystems within the Island and its territorial sea.
Licencing and enforcement are key to the management and protection of our fisheries. Monitoring of fishery stock levels and scientific-data assist our efforts; we also work with the fishing industry, anglers, wildlife and marine conservation groups and other stakeholders.
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2020 SCE Season & COVID-19
Visiting Scallop fishing vessels must follow the procedures for landing scallop catch set out by DOI Harbours. Breach of Isle of Man Coronavirus Regulations can result in 3 months imprisonment and/or a fine of up to £10,000.
IOM and UK licence condition affecting 10m & under vessels: digital catch recording.
Category A (10m and under) Isle of Man Sea Fishing licences have been varied to introduce a digital catch recording system for this sector of the fleet with effect from 25 March 2020.
Please note that the fishing restriction in the Douglas bank area of Manx waters remains in place through the Isle of Man's domestic Sea-Fisheries (Technical Measures) Bye-Laws 2000, Part III (Restrictions on fishing for Herring), Section 18 (1) - Subject to paragraph (2), no person shall retain on board herring which are caught from 21 September to 15 November within that part of the territorial sea lying within that part of ICES Division VIIa bounded by the following co-ordinates:
Department of Environment Food and Agriculture
Thie Slieau Whallian
+44 1624 685857