Consultation on proposals for allocating Northern Ireland additional quota for 2022 to Northern Ireland registered fishing vessels

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The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs in Northern Ireland have launched a public consultation on the allocation of additional quota in 2022 for Northern Ireland registered fishing vessels.

Consultation opened on 11 March 2022. Closing date 22 April 2022 at 23:59.

Additional quota is the increased share of NI fishing quota, on top of that previously allocated (existing quota) whilst the UK was a member of the EU. Subject to changes in Total Allowable Catches (TACs) it potentially represents new fishing opportunities for Northern Ireland. The consultation outlines the main options for allocating the NI additional quota to the NI fishing fleet. We welcome views from industry and other stakeholders. The consultation only covers the Northern Ireland share of the UK additional quota allocation and will be primarily of interest to holders of Northern Ireland fishing vessel licences, or anyone interested in or affected by NI quota management policies.

The UK withdrawal from the European Union has resulted in agreement to rebalance fishing opportunities between the UK and the EU.

For some shared stocks the UK will now manage a greater overall proportion of the available fishing opportunities.  The increase in quota share between that received when part of the EU management system and the new agreement is termed ‘additional quota’.

The consultation provides detail on the development of additional quota, and the fish stocks affected. We are only looking at the allocation of additional quota. The consultation seeks views on a number of possible uses of this quota.

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Consultation on proposals for allocating Northern Ireland additional quota

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