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Revised approach to management of commercial fisheries in European marine sites in England

Fishing Focus

The winter 2013/14 issue of Fishing Focus provides an update on the Fisheries in European Marine Sites project so far.

European marine sites (EMSs) are designated to protect habitats and species in line with the EU Habitats Directive and Birds Directive. To bring fisheries in line with other activities, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) announced on the 14 August 2012 a revised approach to managing fishing activities within EMSs. This change in approach will promote sustainable fisheries while conserving the marine environment and resources, securing a sustainable future for both.

A Fisheries in European Marine Sites Implementation Group has been set up to put this new approach into practice. The group includes key stakeholders and delivery bodies to ensure that the new approach is implemented effectively and practically, in line with legal commitments, considering the impacts of management measures available and suitable timetable of delivery.

The approach will be introduced to current fishing activities on a risk-prioritised basis.

In order to keep people informed about the work of the group and any subsequent actions taken by the regulators, relevant documents and information is accessible below.

Please note that we will populate the website with live documents used by the group. As the work of the group continues further documents will be added.

A detailed work plan and timeline are being developed to consider any management measures appropriate for remaining medium (amber) to low (green) risk EMS and marine conservation zones. Implementing any amber or green measures is expected in or before 2016. This will be published here when available.

Documents, correspondence and other important information from the group's meetings
Title and description
IG meeting: 31 October 2013
Information note 9: Implementation Group meeting on 20 June 2013 (PDF 22 KB)
A brief summary of the meeting including information on progress toward protecting high priority features by the end of the year.
Fishing gear glossaries (updated 22 August 2013)
Glossaries were updated to include a definition of heavy and light otter trawls.

Fishing gear glossary (alphabetical) (PDF 39 KB)

Fishing gear glossary (by gear type) (PDF 41 KB)
IG meeting: 20 June 2013
Information note 8: Implementation Group meeting on 20 June 2013 (PDF 34 KB)
A brief summary of the meeting including information on progress, policy paper, Fishing Focus article and project plan.
High risk inshore EMS site list: 19 June 2013
High risk inshore European marine sites and features and sub-features (PDF 72 KB)
The list includes lead regulator, name of EMS, feature, sub-feature and generic matrix sub-feature.

This does not include high risk ambers.
Project Implementation Plan: 14 June 2013
Project Implementation Plan (PDF 62 KB)
Project plan that includes background, objectives, roles and responsiblities, evidence, tools, management measures and timeline.
Timeline 2013 (PDF 29 KB)
Timeline of the project for 2013.
EMS policy paper: 22 April 2013
EMS revised approach policy and delivery paper (PDF 308 KB)
This paper outlines the departments overarching approach and key implementation steps.
IG meeting: 26 February 2013
Information note 7: Implementation Group meeting on 26 February 2013 (PDF 32 KB)
A brief summary of the meeting including information on progress.
IG meeting: 14 January 2013
Information note 6: Implementation Group meeting on 9 November 2012 (PDF 27 KB)
A brief summary of the meeting including information on funding for evidence needs.
Meeting notes (PDF 33 KB)
Meeting notes and action points from the sixth meeting of the group.
Workshop 27 and 28 November 2012
Workshop overview (PDF 29 KB)
IG meeting: 9 November 2012
Information note 5: Implementation Group meeting on 9 November 2012 (PDF 28 KB)
A brief summary of the meeting including information about the near-final draft of the matrix.
Meeting notes (PDF 24 KB)
Meeting notes and action points from the fifth meeting of the group.
Draft Fisheries in EMS populated matrix
A draft populated matrix (which has been independently reviewed by the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science) and supporting documents for the Implementation Group that shows the audit trail for those categorised as red risk ratings.

IG meeting: 30 October 2012
Information note 4: Implementation Group meeting on 30 October 2012 (PDF 27 KB)
A brief summary of the meeting including information about red classification.
Meeting notes (PDF 33 KB)
Meeting notes and action points from the fourth meeting of the group.
IG meeting: 19 October 2012
Information note 3: Implementation Group meeting on 19 October 2012 (PDF 22 KB) updated 6 February 2013
A brief summary of the third meeting including information about next steps.
Meeting notes (PDF 40 KB)
Meeting notes and action points from the third meeting of the group.
IG meeting: 4 October 2012
Information note 2: Second Implementation Group meeting (PDF 26 KB)
A brief summary of the second meeting.
Meeting notes (PDF 37 KB)
Meeting notes and action points from the second meeting of the group.
IG meeting: 7 September 2012
Information note 1: First Implementation Group meeting (PDF 21 KB)
A brief summary of the first meeting including contact details for the group members.
Meeting notes (PDF 42 KB)
Meeting notes and action points from the first meeting of the group.

Contact information

Marine Conservation and Enforcement Team
Marine Management Organisation
Lancaster House
Hampshire Court
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE4 7YH

Tel: 0300 123 1032
Fax: 0191 376 2681
Email: conservation@
marinemanagement.org.uk

Key documents

Terms of reference and membership list (PDF 48 KB) updated 6 February 2013

Fisheries in European Marine Sites: Questions and answers (PDF 63 KB) updated 14 June 2013

Help with documents

Some of these documents are in the portable document format (PDF) for downloading. Adobe Acrobat Reader can be freely downloaded from www.adobe.com/uk/