Guidance: Channel demersal non-quota species Fisheries Management Plan

Marine Management Organisation

December 9
16:20 2022

FMPs are a cornerstone of the Governments approach to fisheries management now the UK has left the EUs Common Fisheries Policy.

The Channel demersal NQS FMP will include ICES divisions 7d and 7e and will cover demersal species such as red, tub and grey?gurnards, cuttlefish,?squid, octopus, john?dory, red mullet and lesser?spotted dogfish?.

This FMP is one of 43 FMPs to be developed under the Joint Fisheries Statement to support a sustainable and profitable fishing industry. The Channel demersal NQS FMP will be among the first of six frontrunner FMPs being developed, with an aim to publish the plans at the end of 2023.

MMO is currently working with stakeholders in commercial and recreational fishing, environmental organisations and other key marine bodies to understand their views, particularly on which species should be a priority, potential management changes and sustainability.

Development of a plan specifically for demersal non-quota species in the Channel was highlighted by the fishing industry and other key marine stakeholders as a necessary move because of concern about potential over-exploitation of some stocks and a lack of data about non-quota stocks in general.

If you are interested in the Channel NQS FMP and want to be included in our stakeholder communications please send your details in confidence and a summary of your particular interest to

November Evidence Advisory Group

October Working Group

October working group meeting feedback - video

Meeting minutes, papers and additional information

Species Scoping Paper (Data Set)

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