UK: Consultation on Wales’ first Fisheries Management Plans
Published Jul 17, 2023
The first Fisheries Management Plans (FMPs) in Wales have been published for public consultation. The plans focus on the management of king scallops and seabass and aim to restore and maintain fish stocks at sustainable levels. The FMPs, along with the Fisheries Act and Joint Fisheries Statement, will create a significant change in fisheries management in the UK.
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Consultation on Wales’ first Fisheries Management Plans. Public consultations on two joint Wales and England Fisheries Management Plans (FMPs) have been published today. The two plans focus on king scallops and seabass and are included in the first group of FMPs in the UK to be consulted on. FMPs will set out the policies and strategic direction for the management of fisheries to ensure fish stocks are restored and maintained at sustainable levels. Each FMP will specify the fish stock, type of fishing, area covered, authority responsible and the indicators to be used for monitoring the effectiveness of the plan. Taken together, the creation of the Fisheries Act, the Joint Fisheries Statement and FMPs will create a step change in fisheries management in the UK. The FMPs published today are the first of 43 to be published over the next six years in the UK. The consultation, running from 17 July to 1 October 2023, will welcome views from all those interested and affected by the ...