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Licence variations occur to reflect changes in quota limits and closures/openings of sea areas during the lifetime of a licence, as requested by our quota managers.

Licence variations in 2014

Issued Thursday 17 April 2014

Effective from 00.01 hours, Sunday 20 April 2014
Who is affected Licence type(s) Description of change
Over 10 metre (sector and non-sector vessels) Category A (11), Category A – Islands (12), Category B (31) and Categry C (41) vessels Add paragraphs 19.1, 19.2, 19.3, 19.4 and 19.5 to licence conditions to prohibit fishing with trawls and dredges in specified areas in lochs Duich, Long and Alsh.
Over 10 metre (sector) Category A – Pelagic (17) vessels Add paragraphs 25.1, 25.2, 25.3, 25.4 and 25.5 to licence conditions to prohibit fishing with trawls and dredges in specified areas in lochs Duich, Long and Alsh.
Please see a chart from Marine Scotland (PDF 190 KB) that shows the lochs, prohibited and exempted areas, and coordinates.

Issued Thursday 10 April 2014

Effective from 00.01 hours, Saturday 12 April 2014
Who is affected Licence type(s) Species Sea area(s) Description of change
Thames and Blackwater (over 10 metre non-sector) Licence schedule type 23 Herring Thames and Blackwater Extend the fishery until 23.59 on 30 April 2014 or until the total allowable catch of 10 tonnes has been taken

Issued Friday 28 March 2014

Effective from 00.01 hours, Tuesday 1 April 2014
Who is affected Licence type(s) Species Sea area(s) Description of change
All over 15 metre vessels Licence schedule types 11, 12, 17, 31 and 41 Scallops

King Scallops (Pecten maximus) and Queen Scallops (Aequipecten opercularis)
VII Set limits on the number of effort days from 1 April to 30 June 2014 to 33 days – as described in paragraphs 6.2 and 6.3.1
Under 10 metres (non-sector) 9199 Cod IIa (EC Zone) and IV Change catch limits from 2 tonnes a month to 3.5 tonnes for the 3-month period from 1 April to 30 June
Under 10 metres (non-sector) 9199 Haddock IIa (EC Zone) and IV Change catch limits from 3 tonnes a month to 6 tonnes for the 3-month period from 1 April to 30 June
Under 10 metres (non-sector) 9199 Ling VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XII (international waters) and XIV (international waters) Change catch limits from 4.25 tonnes a month to 6 tonnes for the 3-month period from 1 April to 30 June
Under 10 metres (non-sector) 9199 Mackerel IIa (non-EC Zone), Vb (EC Zone), VI, VII, VIIabde, XII (international waters) and XIV (international waters) Change catch limits from 1 tonne a month to 5 tonnes for the 3-month period from 1 April to 30 June
Under 10 metres (non-sector) 9199 Plaice IIa (EC Zone) and IV Change catch limits from 2 tonnes a month to 6 tonnes for the 3-month period from 1 April to 30 June
Under 10 metres (non-sector) 9199 Plaice VIIde Change catch limits from 1.5 tonnes a month to 3.5 tonnes for the 3-month period from 1 April to 30 June
Under 10 metres (non-sector) 9199 Saithe IIa (EC Zone), IIIa, IIIb-d (EC Zone) and IV Change catch limits from 200kg a month to 1 tonne for the 3-month period from 1 April to 30 June
Under 10 metres (non-sector) 9199 Sole II (EC Zone) and IV (EC Zone) Change catch limits from 1.5 tonnes a month to 5 tonnes for the 3-month period from 1 April to 30 June
Under 10 metres (non-sector) 9199 Sole VIId Change catch limits from 2 tonnes a month to 7 tonnes for the 3-month period from 1 April to 30 June
Under 10 metres (non-sector) 9199 Cod VIId Decrease monthly catch limit from 1 tonne to 100kg
Under 10 metres (non-sector) 9199 Nephrops IIa (EC Zone) and IV (EC Zone) Decrease monthly catch limit from 15 to 9 tonnes
Under 10 metres (non-sector) 9199 Pollock IIA (EC Zone) and IV (EC Zone) Decrease 3-monthly catch limit from 35 to 10 tonnes
Over 10 metres (non-sector) 1199 Cod IIa (EC Zone) and IV Change catch limits from 2 tonnes a month to 3.5 tonnes for the 3-month period from 1 April to 30 June
Over 10 metres (non-sector) 1199 Haddock IIa (EC Zone) and IV Change catch limits from 1 tonnes a month to 3 tonnes for the 3-month period from 1 April to 30 June
Over 10 metres (non-sector) 1199 Saithe IIa (EC Zone), IIIa, IIIb-d (EC Zone) and IV Change catch limits from 100kg a month to 1 tonne for the 3-month period from 1 April to 30 June
Over 10 metres (non-sector) 1199 Sole II (EC Zone) and IV (EC Zone) Change catch limits from 1.5 tonnes a month to 5 tonnes for the 3-month period from 1 April to 30 June
Over 10 metres (non-sector) 1199 and 1299 Plaice VIIde Change catch limits from 1 tonne a month to 3.5 tonnes for the 3-month period from 1 April to 30 June
Over 10 metres (non-sector) 1199 and 1299 Sole VIId Change catch limits from 2 tonnes a month to 7 tonnes for the 3-month period from 1 April to 30 June
Over 10 metres (non-sector) 1199 and 1299 Cod VIId Decrease monthly catch limit from 500 to 100kg
Over 10 metre (non-sector) 1199 and 3199 Plaice IIa (EC Zone) and IV Change catch limits from 2 tonnes a month to 6 tonnes for the 3-month period from 1 April to 30 June
Over 10 metres (non-sector) 1199, 1299, 3199 and 4199 Ling VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XII (international waters) and XIV (international waters) Change catch limits from 3.5 tonnes a month to 3 tonnes for the 3-month period from 1 April to 30 June
Over 10 metres (non-sector) 1199, 3199 and 4199 Nephrops IIa (EC Zone) and IV (EC Zone) Decrease monthly catch limit from 15 to 9 tonnes
Over 10 metres (non-sector)

Over 10 metres (sector) – Fife FPO and Wales and West Coast FPO
1199, 3199 and 4199

1110, 1119
Sprats IIa (EC Zone) and IV (EC Zone) Change catch limits from 5 tonnes a week to 5 tonnes for the 3-month period from 1 April to 30 June

Issued Wednesday 26 March 2014

Effective from 00.01 hours, Friday 28 March 2014
Who is affected Licence type(s) Species Sea area(s) Description of change
Under 10 metres (non-sector) 9199 Sole II (EC Zone) and IV (EC Zone) Increase monthly catch limit from 1.25 to 1.5 tonnes
Under 10 metres (non-sector) 9199 Ling VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XII (international waters) and XIV (international waters) Increase monthly catch limit from 3.5 to 4.25 tonnes

Issued Thursday 20 March 2014

Effective from 00.01 hours, Sunday 23 March 2014
Who is affected Licence type(s) Species Sea area(s) Description of change
Under 10 metres (non-sector) 9199 Sole II (EC Zone) and IV (EC Zone) Increase monthly catch limit from 1 to 1.25 tonnes
Under 10 metres (non-sector) 9199 Plaice VIIde Increase monthly catch limit from 1 to 1.5 tonnes

Issued Friday 14 March 2014

Effective from 00.01 hours, Sunday 16 March 2014
Who is affected Licence type(s) Species Sea area(s) Description of change
Under and over 10 metres (non-sector) 9199 and 1199 Cod IIa (EC Zone) and IV Increase monthly catch limit from 1.5 to 2 tonnes
Under and over 10 metres (non-sector)

Over 10 metres (sector) – Fife FPO and Wales and West Coast FPO
9199

1199, 1299, 3199 and 4199

1110, 1119
Horse mackerel IIa (EC Zone), IVb (EC Zone), Vb (EC Zone), VI, VII, VIIIabde, XII (international waters), XIV (international waters) Increase monthly catch limit from 250kg to 500kg
Under and over 10 metres (non-sector) 9199

1199, 1299, 3199 and 4199
Ling VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XII (international waters) and XIV (international waters) Increase monthly catch limit from 2t to 3.5t
Under and over 10 metres (non-sector) 9199

1199, 1299, 3199 and 4199
Skates and rays VIId Increase monthly catch limit from 500kg to 600kg
Under 10 metres (non-sector) 9199 Pollock VII Increase three-monthly catch limit from 30t to 35t
Over 10 metres (non-sector) 1199 and 1299 Cod VIId Increase monthly catch limit from 100kg to 500kg

Issued Monday 10 March 2014

Effective from 00.01 hours, Wednesday 12 March 2014
Who is affected Licence type(s) Species Sea area(s) Description of change
Under 10 metres (non-sector) 9199 Herring IVc and VIId Increase monthly catch limit from 2.5 to 5 tonnes

Issued Monday 3 March 2014

Effective from 00.01 hours, Wednesday 5 March 2014
Who is affected Licence type(s) Species Sea area(s) Description of change
Under 10 metres (non-sector) 9199 and 9499 Sole VIIe Increase monthly catch limit from 30 to 40kg

Issued Wednesday 26 February 2014

Effective from 00.01 hours, Saturday 1 March 2014
Who is affected Licence type(s) Species Sea area(s) Description of change
Under 10 metres (non-sector) 9199 Cod VIId Increase monthly catch limit from 800kg to 1 tonne
Under 10 metres (non-sector) 9199 Ling VI-X, XII (international waters), XIV (international waters) Increase monthly catch limit from 1 to 2 tonnes
Under 10 metres (non-sector) 9199 Skates and rays IIa (EC Zone) and IV (EC Zone) Increase monthly catch limit from 400 to 500kg
Under 10 metres (non-sector) 9199 Haddock VIIb-k Increase monthly catch limit from 400 to 600kg
Under 10 metres (non-sector) 9199 Sole IIa (EC Zone) and IV (EC Zone) Increase monthly catch limit from 250kg to 1 tonne
Under 10 metres (non-sector) 9199 Sole VIId Increase monthly catch limit from 1 tonne to 2 tonnes
Under 10 metres (non-sector) 9199 and 9499
Cod VIIa Reduce monthly catch limit from 2 tonnes to 50kg
Under 10 metres (non-sector) 9199 and 9499 Haddock VIIa Reduce monthly catch limit from 3 tonnes to 50kg
Under 10 metres (non-sector) 9199 and 9499 Sole VIIe Increase monthly catch limit from 25 to 30kg
Under 10 metres (non-sector) 9199 and 9499 Hake IIa (EC Zone) and IV (EC Zone) Increase monthly catch limit from 50 to 100kg
Over 10 metres (non-sector) 1199 Mackerel IIa (EC Zone) and IV (EC Zone) Open the fishery with a monthly catch limit of 50kg
Over 10 metres (non-sector) 1199 Sole IIa (EC Zone) and IV (EC Zone) Increase monthly catch limit from 250kg to 1 tonne
Over 10 metres (non-sector) 1199 and 1299 Plaice VIIde Increase monthly catch limit from 800kg to 1 tonne
Over 10 metres (non-sector) 1199 and 1299 Sole VIId Increase monthly catch limit from 1 to 2 tonnes
Over 10 metres (non-sector) 1199 and 1299 Sole VIIe Increase monthly catch limit from 25 to 40kg
Over 10 metre (non-sector) 1199, 1299, 3199 and 4199 Skates and rays VIId Increase monthly catch limit from 400 to 500kg
Over 10 metre (non-sector) 1199, 1299, 3199 and 4199 Ling VI-X, XII (international waters), XIV (international waters) Increase monthly catch limit from 1.5 to 2 tonnes
Over 10 metre (non-sector) 1199, 1299, 3199 and 4199 Horse mackerel IIa (EC Zone), IVb (EC Zone), Vb (EC Zone), VI, VII, VIIIabcde, XII (international waters), XIV (international waters) Increase monthy catch limit from 150 to 250kg
Over 10 metre (non-sector) 1199, 3199 and 4199 Turbot and brill IIa (EC Zone) and IV (EC Zone) Increase monthly catch limit from 250 to 350kg

Issued Thursday 6 February 2014

Effective from 00.01 hours, Friday 7 February 2014
Who is affected Licence type(s) Species Sea area(s) Description of change
Under 10 metres (non-sector) 9199 Cod VIId Increase monthly catch limit from 600 to 800kg
Under 10 metres (non-sector) 9199 Dabs and flounders IIa (EC Zone) and IV (EC Zone) Increase monthly catch limit from 1 to 2 tonnes
Under 10 metres (non-sector) 9199 Haddock VIIa Increase monthly catch limit from 1 to 3 tonnes
Under 10 metres (non-sector) 9199 Haddock IIa (EC Zone) and IV Increase monthly catch limit from 2 to 3 tonnes
Under 10 metres (non-sector) 9199 Herring IVc and VIId Increase monthly catch limit from 1 to 2.5 tonnes
Under 10 metres (non-sector) 9199 Plaice IIa (EC Zone) and IV Increase monthly catch limit from 1.25 to 2 tonnes
Under 10 metres (non-sector) 9199 Plaice VIIde Increase monthly catch limit from 800kg to 1 tonne
Over 10 metres (non-sector and sector – Fife and Wales and West Coast) 1110, 1119, 1199 and 1299 Herring IVc and VIId Increase monthly catch limit from 100kg to 1 tonne
Over 10 metres (non-sector) 1199 Hake IIa (EC Zone) and IV (EC Zone) Increase monthly catch limit from 50 to 100kg

Issued Wednesday 5 February 2014

Effective from 00.01 hours, Thursday 6 February 2014
Who is affected Licence type(s) Description of change
Thames and Blackwater Schedule 23 Extend Thames and Blackwater herring fishery until 23.59 hours on 31 March 2014 or until total allowable catch of 10 tonnes has been taken, whichever is sooner.

Issued Tuesday 28 January 2014

Effective from 00.01 hours, Wednesday 29 January 2014
Who is affected Licence type(s) Species Sea area(s) Description of change
Under 10 metres (non-sector) 9199 Cod VIId Increase monthly catch limit from 500 to 600kg
Under 10 metres (non-sector) 9199 Whiting IIa (EC Zone) and IV Change catch limit from 2 tonnes a month to 6 tonnes a quarter
Over 10 metres (non-sector) 1199 Whiting IIa (EC Zone) and IV Change catch limit from 250kg a month to 3 tonnes a quarter

Issued Wednesday 22 January 2014

Effective from 00.01 hours, Thursday 23 January 2014
Who is affected Licence type(s) Species Sea area(s) Description of change
Under 10 metres (non-sector) 9199 Cod IIa (EC Zone) and IV Increase monthly catch limit from 1 to 1.5 tonnes
Under 10 metres (non-sector) 9199 Cod VIIa Increase monthly catch limit from 1 to 2 tonnes
Under 10 metres (non-sector) 9199 Cod VIId Increase monthly catch limit from 350 to 500kg
Under 10 metres (non-sector) 9199 Anglerfish VII Increase monthly catch limit from 3.5 to 6 tonnes
Under 10 metres (non-sector) 9199 Skates and rays IIa (EC Zone) and IV (EC Zone) Increase monthly catch limit from 300 to 400kg
Under 10 metres (non-sector) 9199 Whiting IIa (EC Zone) and IV Increase monthly catch limit from 1 to 2 tonnes
Over 10 metres (non-sector) 1199 Cod IIa (EC Zone) and IV Increase monthly catch limit from 1 to 1.5 tonnes
Over 10 metres (non-sector) 1199 and 1299 Cod VIId Increase monthly catch limit from 50 to 100kg
Over 10 metres (non-sector) 1199 and 1299 Anglerfish VII Increase monthly catch limit from 1.5 to 3 tonnes
Over 10 metres (non-sector) 1199, 3199 and 4199 Skates and rays IIa (EC Zone) and IV (EC Zone) Increase monthly catch limit from 1 to 1.5 tonnes

Issued Tuesday 14 January 2014

Effective from 00.01 hours, Wednesday 15 January 2014
Who is affected Licence type(s) Species Sea area(s) Description of change
Under 10 metres (non-sector) 9199 Cod VIId Increase monthly catch limit from 200 to 350kg
Under 10 metres (non-sector) 9499 Cod VIId Increase monthly catch limit from 200 to 300kg
Under 10 metres (non-sector) 9199 Skates and rays VIId Increase monthly catch limit from 400 to 500kg
Under 10 metres (non-sector) 9199 Sprats VIIde Increase weekly catch limit from 15 to 25 tonnes

Licence variations in 2013

Issued Monday 30 December 2013

Effective from 00.01 hours, Wednesday 1 January 2014
Who is affected Licence type(s) Species Sea area(s) Description of change
All     Norwegian waters The EU and Norway have been unable to reach agreement regarding fishing practices within each others' waters for 2014. Further talks are due to take place in January 2014.

From 1 January 2014 there will be no access for EU vessels in Norwegian waters or Norwegian vessels in EU waters. This will be lifted as soon as an agreement is reached.
Over 10 metres (sector)
111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 117, 118, 119, 1110, 1112, 1114, 1116, 1117, 1118, 1119, 1120, 1121, 1125, 1126, 171, 173, 177, 1725, 1726, 312, 317, 319, 3114, 411, 412, 4110, 4114, 4116, 4120, 8514, 8516, 8517, 8519, 852, 8520, 853, 854, 858 All All To set the beginning of year openings, closures, and catch limits
Over 10 metres (non-sector) 1123, 1199, 1299, 3123, 3199 and 4199 All All To set the beginning of year openings, closures, and catch limits
Under 10 metres (sector) 911, 912, 913, 915, 917, 9110, 9114, 9116 and 9118 All All To set the beginning of year openings, closures, and catch limits
Under 10 metres (non-sector) 9123, 9199 and 9499 All All To set the beginning of year openings, closures, and catch limits

Issued Monday 23 December 2013

Effective from 00.01 hours, Wednesday 1 January 2014
Who is affected Licence type(s) Species Sea area(s) Description of change
All over 15 metre vessels Licence schedule types 11, 12, 17, 31 and 41 Scallops

King Scallops (Pecten maximus) and Queen Scallops (Aequipecten opercularis)
VII Set limits on the number of effort days from 1 January to 31 March 2014 to 32 days – as described in paragraphs 6.2 and 6.3.1
Over 10 metre vessels (sector and non-sector) Licence schedule types 11, 12, 17 and 31     To clarify wording referring to South Devon Inshore Fishing Grounds – see paragraph 15.3c
Over 10 metre vessels (sector and non-sector) 41     To clarify wording referring to South Devon Inshore Fishing Grounds – see paragraph 13.3c
Under 10 metre vessels (sector and non-sector) 91 (non-sector), 91 (sector), 94 (non-sector)     To clarify wording referring to South Devon Inshore Fishing Grounds – see paragraph 10.3c

Issued Friday 20 December 2013

Effective from 00.01 hours, Monday 23 December 2013
Who is affected Licence type(s) Description of change
Over 10 metre vessels (sector and non-sector) 11, 12, 17, 31 and 41 Replace paragraph 4 with paragraphs 4.1 and 4.2 outlining how a notice of variation to your licence will be communicated, and the website where such notices will be published
Over and under 10 metre vessels (sector and non-sector) 23, 85, 91 (non-sector), 91 (catch quota group), 91 (sector), 94 (non-sector) Replace paragraph 3 with paragraphs 3.1 and 3.2 outlining how a notice of variation to your licence will be communicated, and the website where such notices will be published
Accompanying both of these variations is a reminder to contact a local MMO office or email  fishingvessellicensing@marinemanagement.org.uk to provide up to 2 email addresses and/or 2 mobile phone numbers to receive alerts when a variation is published on MMO's website.
Effective from 00.01 hours, Sunday 22 December 2013
Who is affected Licence type(s) Species Sea area(s) Description of change
Scottish Fishermen's Organisation and Fife Fish Producers' Organisation (over 10 metres) 119 and 1110 Haddock IV and EU waters of IIa Close the fishery
Scottish Fishermen's Organisation and Fife Fish Producers' Organisation (over 10 metres) 119 and 1110 Whiting IV and EU waters of IIa Close the fishery
Aberdeen Fish Producers' Organisation 118 Saithe IIIa, IV, EU waters of IIa, IIIb, IIIc and IIId Close the fishery

Issued Friday 13 December 2013

Effective from 00.01 hours, Sunday 15 December 2013
Who is affected Licence type(s) Species Sea area(s) Description of change
Under 10 metre (non-sector)

Uncapped (9199) Cod VIIa Increase monthly catch limit from 500kg to 1.25 tonnes
Under 10 metre (non-sector)

Uncapped (9199) Cod IIa (EC Zone) and IV Increase monthly catch limit from 3.5 tonnes to 5 tonnes
Under 10 metre (non-sector)

Uncapped (9199) Skates and rays VIId Increase monthly catch limit from 250kg to 1.5 tonnes
Under 10 metre (non-sector) Capped (9499)
Skates and rays VIId Increase monthly catch limit from 250kg to 300kgs
Over 10 metre (non-sector) 1199, 1299, 3199 and 4199 Skates and rays VIId Increase monthly catch limit from 250kg to 1.5 tonnes

Issued Friday 6 December 2013

Effective from 00.01 hours, Sunday 8 December 2013
Who is affected Licence type(s) Species Sea area(s) Description of change
Over 10 metre (non-sector) 1199 and 1299 Cod VIId Increase monthly catch limit from 100kg to 1 tonne
Scottish Fishermen's Organisation (over 10 metre vessels) 119 Megrim VII Open the fishery