English Decommissioning Scheme Opens – Fishupdate.com

English Decommissioning Scheme Opens Fishing Monthly Published:  25 March, 2003

THE £5m fishing vessel decommissioning scheme for England,announced

by Fisheries Minister Elliot Morley in January, has opened.

The scheme is targeted at vessels which caught cod in the North Sea

or waters to the West of Scotland in 2001.

Owners of vessels with this track record are invited to apply.

Successful applicants will be required to break up their boats and

hand in their licences, and will then receive a Government payment to

the value of their ‘bid’ for decommissioning funds.

About 130 English boats meet the scheme criteria, Defra calculates.

Between them, these vessels take around 90% of the total North Sea

cod catch for England annually.

Aiming to better match fleet capacity to the cod fishing

opportunities available, the scheme is expected to bring about a

15-20% cut in activity in this sector, when fully realised later in

the year.

Applications will be judged on their value for money, taking account

of vessels’ fishing effort and cod catch.

Similar schemes are currently underway in Scotland and Northern


Eligible vessels must:

– Have spent at least 50% of their fishing days in the North Sea or

waters West of Scotland (ICES Areas IV and VI) and caught cod in

these areas, in 2001

– Have spent at least 75 days at sea on fishing trips in each of the

last two years, 2001 and 2002

– Be over 10m in length

– Hold a Category A licence

– Have an English port of administration