UK imposes new controls on fishing vessels Published: 16 September, 2004
THE UK has introduced new controls on fishing vessels.
The measures, being undertaken by Fisheries departments in the UK,
* extension of the UK’s designated landing port (DLP) arrangements to
vessels over 15 metres, with effect from 1 October;
* an undertaking to consult the industry fully on the possibility of
replacing the existing system of criminal proceedings for breaches of
fisheries offences with a system of administrative penalties as part
of the government’s response to the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit
* the use of targeted control measures against individual vessels
believed to be engaged in illegal or suspicious activity; and
* the introduction of a new licence condition to safeguard hake,
megrim and anglerfish stocks in ICES Areas VI and VII, with effect
from 1 October.
Ben Bradshaw, the UK fishing minister, said: “I welcome these further steps to protect fish stocks though better
enforcement. They will produce benefits for both the environment and
He continued: “We have sought to extend the designated landing ports arrangements
in line with steps being taken at EU level. However we have listened
carefully to what the industry has said and have decided to exclude
smaller vessels and vessels with only small quantities of quota
species on board from the full rigour of the arrangements. This will
ensure that controls are targeted on vessels where the enforcement
risk is greatest and avoid placing unnecessary burdens on small
The announcement of consultation on decriminalisation of fishing skippers for landing over-quota fish was a clear attempted sop to fishermen.
Mr Bradshaw added: “The Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, in its Net Benefits report, has recognised the importance of the introduction of a system of administrative penalties as a way of to move away from
criminalising fishermen. We are keen to continue to work with the
industry and other stakeholders on finding solutions to this and will
be consulting further on administrative penalties, to simplify and
improve certainty, as part of the response to that report.”
The new measures will apply in Scotland and were publicised through a news release from the Scottish fishing minister Ross Finnie.