Policy paper: Southern North Sea demersal non-quota species fisheries management plan (FMP)

Marine Management Organisation

February 15
12:15 2024

ThisFMPis in development.

A public consultation to seek views on the draft plan will be launched in mid-2024. The final FMP will be published later in 2024.

The Southern North Sea demersal non-quota species (NQS) FMP is being developed by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO).

The FMP will be prepared and published to meet the requirements set out in the Fisheries Act 2020.

Read more aboutfisheries management plans.


The Southern North Sea demersal NQS FMP will include important demersal (bottom-living) species without agreed catch limits (quota), including:

  • cuttlefish
  • grey gurnards
  • red gurnards
  • tub gurnards
  • John dory
  • lesser spotted dogfish
  • octopus
  • smoothhounds
  • squid
  • surmullet

Areas covered

The FMP will cover English waters within International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) divisions 4b and 4c.

Contact us

To give your views or register for future engagement events for the Southern North Sea demersal NQS FMP,

Published 15 February 2024

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