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Fisheries Division

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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The DEFRA, in partnership with Seafish, is hosting a series of free events in the UK to help seafood traders and processors understand the changes that lie ahead and what they can do to prepare in the event of a no-deal Brexit. 
Fishing quota allocation: call for evidence

The UK government has launched a call for evidence to shape how additional fishing quota in England is allocated after the UK leaves the EU and the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).

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.
The Isle of Man consultation on proposals to introduce Inshore Vessel Monitoring Systems for all licensed fishing vessels under 12m in length will run until 2nd August. Paper copies are also available, please contact the Department. 
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)



EU Exit
Currently the UK will be leaving the EU on 31 October 2019 and fisheries businesses in the Isle of Man need to start 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 the 31 October, 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.

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. has compiled a guide for the UK seafood industry on preparing your business for EU exit

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

Environment Directorate

Fisheries Division

Department of Environment Food and Agriculture

Thie Slieau Whallian

Foxdale Road

St John's


Telephone:+44 1624 685857

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