Legislation, Policy and Enforcement

The Fisheries Act 2012 enables the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture (DEFA) to produce regulations, which come into effect once signed by the department’s Minister. This may happen in advance of the regulation being laid before Tynwald.

Signed regulations will be made available here for your reference, for both recreational and commercial fishing. Regulation can also be found on the Tynwald website.

Regulation and policy documents are available to download on this page.


DEFA believes in firm and fair regulation of the matters for which it has responsibility and its principles of enforcement are set out in The DEFA Fisheries Enforcement Policy.

Under the Fisheries Act 2012, the Fisheries Directorate has a statutory duty for the ‘supervision and protection of inland and sea fisheries’ and for ‘fostering the establishment and development of such fisheries’. The DEFA Fisheries Enforcement Policy sets out the approach that the Fisheries Directorate will take in order to achieve compliance with the Act and related secondary legislation in order to conserve the marine and freshwater fish, and shellfish populations of the Isle of Man.

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