Fisheries Management Plans

This page provides information on the development of nation wide Fisheries Management Plans (FMPs) as part of the Fisheries Act 2020. The proposed FMPs are evidence based action plans, the purpose of which is to ‘deliver sustainable fisheries for current and future generations’.

In collaboration with partners and the fishing sector, Defra are responsible for the development of FMPs. Policymakers, environmental groups, scientists and other marine sectors are also involved in this process.

There are 43 proposed FMPs currently listed in the Joint Fisheries Statement. Six front runner FMPs have been prioritised for delivery, with a second tranche to follow. Different preparation plans will be piloted through these frontrunners. Any lessons learnt will be used to shape future FMP development. Each frontrunner has a delivery partner who are working with Defra to implement plans that represent a range of views. Once published, FMPs will be implemented, monitored, reviewed and updated to ensure they remain fit for purpose.

Below are links to relevant government pages.

Fisheries Act 2020

Joint Fisheries Statement 

List of FMPs 

District FMPs

In addition to the national FMP programme, NWIFCA is also developing regional FMPs specific to its district and fisheries. We are currently working on a Cockle FMP for the North West which then inform how we survey, regulate, manage and enforce this important fishery in years to come. Upon completion of a Cockle FMP, we will then look to start development of a Mussel FMP.