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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|IOM and UK licence condition affecting 10m & under vessels: digital catch recording.
Category A (10m and under) Isle of Man Sea Fishing licences have been varied to introduce a digital catch recording system for this sector of the fleet with effect from 25th March 2020.
All affected vessels have been contacted by the Department with information on how to use this new system.
Please be aware that the requirement to submit NESTFORMS and Monthly Shellfish Returns is still in place and these should be submitted alongside the new electronic catch recording.
Within your registration details there is an option to contact the UK Call Centre with any reporting issues, as an Isle of Man registered vessel you should contact DEFA Fisheries Division on 01624 685837 to ask for assistance or report any problems with the catch recording service. This service is only available during normal office hours, outside these hours you can email Fisheries@gov.im.
|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 UK has left the EU.
Owners of Isle of Man registered commercial fishing vessels are reminded that under European Commission (EC) contingency proposals to enable it to grant fishing vessels access to European Union (EU) waters in certain circumstances after Brexit, Manx vessels will be required to be registered with the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
As the IMO number is required should any Isle of Man vessels wish to land into EU ports, it is asked that owners inform the Department of their IOM number once registered, which can be done by emailing email@example.com or calling the Fisheries section on 01624 685857.
More information about the requirement for IMO numbers and how to apply to register for a number is available on the gov.uk website.
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
EU Exit and the Transition Period
How will the UK continue to maintain the sustainable management of shared stocks?
What does leaving the EU mean for fisheries?
What agreement is the UK seeking?
We will be taking back control of our waters, and others’ right to fish in them after Brexit. Any agreement we may have will have to reflect these basic facts. The UK and EU have committed to use best endeavours to agree a new fisheries agreement by 1 July 2020. In line with the practice of other independent coastal States, the agreement would provide a framework for annual negotiations on access and quota and set out a mechanism for cooperation on fisheries matters where we share an interest with the EU.
Is the UK Government committed to securing more fishing quota for the UK fishing industry?
Will EU vessels continue to have access to fish in UK waters?
Department of Environment Food and Agriculture
Thie Slieau Whallian
+44 1624 685857