The first minutes of the working group set-up with fishermen on demersal non-quota species in the English Channel is now available

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Stakeholders with an interest in management planning for demersal non quota species in the English Channel can now read the first minutes of a working group set up with fishermen.

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) and key stakeholders established the forum to support development the Channel demersal non quota species Fisheries Management Plan (‘Channel NQS FMP).

The minutes from the first meeting of the working group (WP) took place on Tuesday 20 September 2022 via video conferencing. The WG commented that there is a need to provide a framework and guiding principles for the FMP rather than focusing on specifics to which the MMO agreed it will review and present this topic at the next WG meeting.

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On the meeting the MMO says:

“Members from across commercial and recreational fishing industries working in ICES areas 7d and 7e contributed to a useful discussion on key topics, including which species could be prioritised for the plan and how MMO and stakeholders will work together.

“MMO is committed to making it simple for fishermen to keep up to date with the work of the group and will therefore publish the minutes of each meeting, which will be held monthly to begin with, online.

“The working group is one of a number of ways MMO is engaging with stakeholders on the future management of demersal non quota species in the Channel.”

At the meeting was the MMO said that they are planning to hold face-to-face engagement events along the south coast in the autumn to which the WG replied that people need to be given adequate time to be able to attend the in-person events and need considerable notice, something that has been absent from previous events.

The MMO are encouraging fishermen and interested marine stakeholders to send us their views at

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Non-quota species working group minutes published

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