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Fisheries Directorate

Who we are and what we do

The Fisheries Directorate 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.

Please click the relevant button(s) below to visit our webpages.

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Fishing Industry Brexit Survey Information

Sea fisheries, which includes onshore processing, is currently worth an estimated £20m per annum to the Manx economy and provides around 400 jobs.  The UK’s withdrawal from the European Union will change fisheries management in the UK, and could significantly alter the constitutional and legal structures upon which Isle of Man fisheries policy is currently based.  This survey seeks views on a number of issues and options, relating to fisheries, which will feed into ongoing discussion between the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture (DEFA) and DEFRA in relation to negotiations on the future relationship between the UK and the EU.

Please complete the online survey at


Fisheries Directorate

Department of Environment Food and Agriculture

Thie Slieau Whallian

Foxdale Road

St John's


Telephone:+44 1624 685857

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