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Commercial fishing

Whelk 0-3NM application form

The Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture is currently reviewing effort in the inshore whelk fishery.

The Department intends to re-allocate a number of units of whelk pots for the 0-3nm limit, which may be made available to the fishing industry on application.

Please complete the Whelk 0-3NM application form if you wish to apply for consideration for the redistribution. Applications will be assessed and scored on specific criteria that correspond to each section of the application form.

Please note that the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture is subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2015. If you feel that any information you are supplying is commercially sensitive then please also complete the FoI Schedule of Confidential Information form and include it with your application.

The application window is currently open and will close at 17:00 on the 1 March 2017.

Please note, applications received after this deadline will not be considered.

Please email all submitted business cases, titled ‘Whelk 0-3 Review’ to ; fisheries@gov.im or

Please post to;

Whelk 0-3 Review,
Fisheries Directorate,
Thie Slieau Whallian,
Foxdale Road,
St John’s,
IM4 3AS.

The main fisheries undertaken in the Isle of Man’s territorial sea (12 nautical miles) are for king scallop, queen scallop, crab, lobster and whelk. For details about exploiting these fisheries commercially from a registered-fishing vessel, please see IOM Licencing.

UK and IOM fishing licence conditions and variations are available on this website.

Vessel owners and masters fishing our territorial sea should also be aware of the following:

  • restricted or closed areas
  • commercial fishing – guidance notes for logbooks and VMS
  • surveys taking place

What business support and assistance is available for this industry?

Please see Fisheries Grants, check out Business Support and Assistance or contact the Fisheries Directorate.

Consultation on New Controls in the Queen Scallop Fishery in ICES Divisions VIa and VIIa

The UK and Isle of Man Fisheries Administrations want to know what you think about proposals to improve how the UK queen scallop fishery is managed in future. These improvements will help protect queen scallop stocks and build on the data and evidence collected.

The proposals include:

  • Increase the MLS of queen scallops
  • Introduce a voluntary closed season
  • Introduce limits on the number of vessels able to access the fishery, specifically via entry restrictions

Views on longer-term management options are also sought, including:

  • Effort reduction measures (restricting time that vessels can fish)
  • Catch quotas
  • Closed areas
  • Gear-specific management

This consultation closes on 3 January 2017 12.00am

This consultation is available on the Scottish Government consultation website.

Fisheries Directorate

Department of Environment Food and Agriculture

Thie Slieau Whallian

Foxdale Road

St John's

IM4 3AS

Telephone:+44 1624 685857

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