DEFRA new marine fisheries agency

DEFRA announces new marine fisheries agency

UK Fisheries Minister, Ben Bradshaw, today welcomed the launch of the
Marine Fisheries Agency.

The executive agency, which does not affect the Scottish fisheries protection and enforcement operation, has been created to deliver the Government’s services to the fishing industry and a number of marine environmental interests.

DEFRA says the agency will carry out fisheries inspection and enforcement work previously done by the Sea Fisheries Inspectorate in England and Wales. It will also be responsible for administering fishing licensing and quota regimes, the provision of grants and advice to the fishing sector, collating and analysing statistical data on UK fisheries, and providing some marine conservation services. The agency was created following a recommendation made by the Review of Marine Fisheries and Environmental Enforcement.

Mr Bradshaw said: “Our aim is to manage fisheries more effectively within a healthy and flourishing marine environment, and the new Marine Fisheries Agency will play a big part in ensuring this happens. I wish the team every success.”

Mike Parker, the MFA’s District Inspector responsible in the North West for the sea from Connah’s Quay to Millom, Cumbria, said: “The Agency’s creation is part of a long-term programme of change that will continue the Government’s work to improve the way fisheries are administered.”

A spokeswoman for the Scottish Executive said that as they had worked with the old structure, they would work with its successor.

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