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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.

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Landing Obligation will apply to the Isle of Man fisheries from 1 January 2019
Whelk fishery - Grace period for compliance with Isle of Man Sea Fishing Licence condition 29(b)



The UK have produced guidance on Exporting and importing fish if there’s no Brexit deal.

The UK government have prepared guidance for business to prepare for EU exit.

Technical Notices on Brexit, including fisheries matters, are on the Brexit Technical Notices webpage (under the Fourth Tranche).

The Department for Enterprise has issued a checklist for businesses in preparation for the outcome of Brexit negotiations next year.

Fishing industry encouraged to get ready for EU catch certificates in the event of a no deal. Updated guidance from the UK is also available has has compiled a guide for the UK seafood industry on preparing your business for EU exit

Fisheries Directorate

Department of Environment Food and Agriculture

Thie Slieau Whallian

Foxdale Road

St John's


Telephone:+44 1624 685857

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