News and press
- (7 April) Westermost Rough Wind Farm construction update
The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has today (7 April) held meetings with both the wind farm developer Dong Energy and East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC). These discussions included a review of the initial evidence gathered from monitoring activities. MMO provided an update about this on 21 March. While some evidence of noise has been identified, this evidence is inconclusive and not robust enough for the MMO to make decisions relating to the construction of the wind farm.
- (4 April) Changes to marine licensing processes from 6 April
A number of changes come into to effect from 6 April 2014 affecting applications for developments at sea.
The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) is responsible for regulating depositing or removal of substances or objects from the seabed or elsewhere in tidal waters under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009. Since MMO vested in 2010 it has continued to develop the licensing process, resulting in a quicker turnaround and less regulatory burden for applicants.
- (2 April) Marine milestone for England's seas (Press release 01/14)
England’s first ever plans for the future of our seas have been published today (2 April 2014).
The marine plans – which provide much-needed guidance for sustainable development in English waters – cover the coast and seas from Flamborough Head to Felixstowe.
They have been developed by the Marine Management Organisation on behalf of the Secretary of State Owen Paterson, who has formally approved the plans.
- (27 March) New opportunity to influence how England’s inshore fisheries are managed
People interested in influencing how inshore fisheries around north-east England are managed are being encouraged to apply to join the region's inshore fisheries and conservation authority.
- (26 March) Trawler skipper and owning company charged for failure to submit fishing logs
A skipper and owner were ordered to pay £3,413 in fines and costs by Bodmin Magistrates' Court on 21 March 2014 for failing to submit an electronic logbook of fishing activities.
- (25 March) Skippers and salesmen charged with misrecording fish landings
Two fishing vessel skippers and 2 fish salesmen were sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court on 20 March 2014 following an investigation carried out by the Marine Management Organisation.
- (20 March) Catch limits increased after MMO meets with fishermen
Catch limits for a range of species in Area VIId, North Sea and Area VIIe have gone up after fishermen highlighted in-demand species to the Marine Management Organisation.
MMO quota managers met with fishermen along the south coast in a number of meetings. Discussions included quota management for the 10-metres-and-under and non-sector fleets, storm damage payments and Common Fisheries Policy reform.
- (18 March) Sampling and analysis changes for marine licence applications
From 13 April 2014, if your activity requires sampling and sediment analysis to support your marine licence application, this should be carried out before you submit your application. The sediment analysis data should be included as part of your application.
- (17 March) New marine licensing charges
The government has published its response to a consultation on plans to change the Marine Management Organisation’s (MMO’s) charging structure for its marine licensing work. The response sets out that from 6 April 2014 MMO’s ability to recover its costs from marine licence applications will be extended.
- (13 March) Noise and wind farm construction update
The Marine Management Organisation is continuing to work closely with colleagues based in our Grimsby coastal office, the East Riding of Yorkshire Council and the developer Dong Energy, to gain a better understanding of the concerns about noise in Withernsea, East Riding of Yorkshire and the Westermost Rough Offshore Wind Farm.
- (6 March) Support for fishermen affected by storms
The government has confirmed further measures to help fishermen whose livelihoods have been affected by the recent storms across the UK, with today’s full announcement from the Secretary of State on the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs website.
- (3 March) Emergency marine licence granted for Beesands repair work
The Marine Management Organisation has approved an application from South Hams District Council for urgent repair work at Beesands, Devon.
- (3 March) New opportunity to influence how England’s inshore fisheries are managed
People interested in influencing how inshore fisheries around Northumberland are managed are being encouraged to apply to join the region's inshore fisheries and conservation authorities (IFCAs).
Northumberland IFCA is looking to recruit someone with expertise in commercial fisheries.
- (28 February) Noise and wind farm construction
The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) is currently looking into concerns about noise in Withernsea, East Riding of Yorkshire and the Westermost Rough Offshore Wind Farm. MMO regulates development in the seas around England, this includes offshore wind farms construction with a capacity of up to 100 megawatts.
- (28 February) MMO quota meetings on the South coast
The Marine Management Organisation is holding meetings along England’s South coast in March to discuss fishing quota issues to give local fishermen in the 10-metres-and-under sector a chance to have their say.
- (27 February) Fisheries catch limits set for March 2014
In February we explained the MMO’s role in bad weather and steps being taken to support affected coastal communities. This discussed our plans for fisheries management, in particular to continuously monitor quota and identify and source additional fishing opportunities where possible.
- (14 February) MMO's role in bad weather
As part of the Defra network the Marine Management Organisation has offered its support to the organisations dealing with the impact of the recent bad weather.
- (7 February) Repairing damage from coastal floods
Following recent bad weather, the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) is requesting anyone considering carrying out urgent works below mean high water springs to contact us before beginning work so that we can advise on whether a marine licence is required.
Activities to deposit or remove materials around England’s coast and in tidal rivers may legally require permission from MMO before the works can begin.
- (6 February) Share your views about MMO
Marine Management Organisation has today (Thursday 6 February) opened its fourth annual customer and stakeholder satisfaction survey.
The survey is available online from 6 February until 9 March 2014.
- (4 February) Paper logbooks for 12 to 15 metre vessels to be phased out by September 2014
Marine Management Organisation has recently written to owners of 12 to 15 metre fishing vessels in England setting out what the fleet needs to do, and when they need to do it by, to comply with electronic logbook regulations.
- (30 January) MMO Board re-appointments confirmed
The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Owen Paterson, has announced the re-appointment of Jayne Scott, Nigel Reader, Derek Langslow and Robert James as Marine Management Organisation Board members. Their terms will run from 1 February 2014 until 31 January 2017.
- (24 January) Master and owner charged with fisheries offences
- (22 January) ABP Grimsby and Immingham harbour revision order application
Associated British Ports (ABP) Grimsby and Immingham applied to Marine Management Organisation on 20 November 2013 for a harbour revision order.
- (21 January) Owner and masters charged with fisheries offences
- (17 January) Fish merchant fined for failing to submit sales notes
- (17 January) Sea birds in bad weather guidance
Following recent bad weather in the south west of England, Marine Management Organisation and partner agencies have received a number of reports of sea birds sheltering inshore.
They are reminding people that certain species of birds, along with other marine animals, are protected by international and national wildlife laws and care must be taken in order to avoid disturbing them. This is particularly important during periods of bad weather when more sea birds may be sheltering inshore.
Updated on 11 February to include priority species identification guide.
- (13 January) MMO quota meetings in the North East in January
Quota managers from Marine Management Organisation are holding meetings to discuss fishing quota issues on the North East coast on 22 and 23 January giving local fishermen a chance to have their say.
- (10 January) Apply now for English catch quota trials in the North Sea and Western Waters for 2014
Applications are invited for new trials of catch quota schemes in the North Sea and Western Waters run by Marine Management Organisation in 2014. The schemes follow on from those run in England since 2010 and 2011 and will investigate and provide further evidence that will inform policy and implementation of the landing obligation to be phased in from 2015 under a reformed Common Fisheries Policy.