The requirement for English & Welsh fishing vessels under 10 metres to use the Catch Recording App has been brought into question.
In has been noted in the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) ‘Guidance on Fishing data collection, coverage, processing and revisions’ that: “For 10 metre and under vessels, there is no statutory requirement for fishermen to declare their catches.”
This information was brought to light by the Coastal PO who tweeted “Well, this is confusing”.
And confusing it is. Current regulations, brought in last summer state that fishing boats under 10 metres must use the Catch Recording App to weigh their fish prior to leaving their vessel or if you boat is crossing the line between ICES areas 4c/7d or 7d/7e, you must submit a catch record for both ICES areas each time you leave/enter the area.
Under the Guidance on Fishing data collection, coverage, processing and revisions’ released yesterday (Saturday), the MMO is now stating that there is no statutory requirement in place that requires fishers in under 10 metre boat to make a declaration of their catch.
Jerry Percy, LIFE’s Senior Advisor and Director of the NUTFA called for clarification on the regulations adding caution “I think we had better ask the MMO to clarify this before everyone throws their Catch App over the side.”