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.
Please click the relevant button(s) below to visit our webpages.
|UK licence condition affecting 10m & under vessels: digital catch recording
Category A (10m and under) licensed vessels have been had their UK licence varied to include Condition 13, which will introduce a digital catch recording system for this sector of the fleet.
Note that this reporting obligation is:
Please note that DEFA is looking to introduce this same digital catch recording system for 10m and under vessels that fish in the Isle of Man Territorial Sea in the near future. More information on registering for this system would follow in due course.
|Important engine power notice for owners of Isle of Man registered fishing vessels|
|Local queen scallop fishermen are invited to make application for grant funding to diversify, during an eight-week application window. Additional funding under the Agriculture and Fisheries Grant Scheme has been made available to industry to support diversification. Applications will be accepted between 23rd September and 18th November 2019. For more information please see /QSCgrants|
|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:
|The summary of the results from the survey on the potential business impacts of the introduction of catch recording for under 10m fishing vessels is now available.|
|Landing Obligation will apply to the Isle of Man fisheries from 1 January 2019|
Currently the UK will be leaving the EU by no later than 31 January 2020 and fisheries businesses in the Isle of Man need to prepare for EU exit. Please use the guidance below to find out what will be needed, including advice on the addition documentation required for export if the UK leaves without a deal.
Please note that until Brexit takes place, businesses that export fish or fishery products to the EU, or fishermen that land their catch directly into EU ports, can continue to trade with the EU as they do now.
Information for Isle of Man Vessel Owners in the event of a no deal Brexit – If you intend to make a direct landing into an EU country
Isle of Man Buyer and Sellers: If you currently export fish to the EU, you'll need to use the new digital services to create catch certificates and other export documents. Register today to prepare for a no deal Brexit.
Give prior notification to land fish in the EU. In a no-deal Brexit, you’ll need to give prior notification before you land fish directly from your UK flagged vessel in an EU designated port.
The UK have produced guidance on Exporting and importing fish if there’s no Brexit deal.
Partnership pack: preparing for changes at the UK border after a no deal EU exit. This partnership pack is designed to help you support businesses preparing for day one in the event of a no deal exit.
Technical Notices on Brexit, including fisheries matters, are on the Brexit Technical Notices webpage (under the Fourth Tranche).
The UK have produced guidance on exporting animals, animal products, fish and fishery products to the EU after EU Exit.
MMO Press Release: Fishermen urged to be Brexit ready by registering with the IMO
The Isle of Man Government has launched an online Brexit checklist for Isle of Man food manufacturers
UKFAs prepare licensing for commercial fishing in non-UK waters after Brexit
Steps to land fishery products into the EU after Brexit
Department of Environment Food and Agriculture
Thie Slieau Whallian
+44 1624 685857