UK fisheries management and supply chain initiatives

We’re working with industry and government on a number of initiatives to protect fish and shellfish stocks for future generations.

Future of Our Inshore Fisheries

Future of Our Inshore Fisheries is an industry-led project with the long-term aim of transforming how inshore fisheries are managed.

It brings active fisherman and industry leaders together with policy makers, regulators and academics. It’s aim is to ensure that our inshore fisheries are managed to deliver a viable and profitable inshore fishing industry that supports flourishing coastal communities.

Shellfish Industry Advisory Group and species sub groups

The Shellfish Industry Advisory Group (SIAG) provides a forum to discuss sustainability and management of UK shellfish fisheries.

The SIAG is focused on contributing to national-level strategic management of the UK’s shellfish fisheries. It acts as a central overarching committee, with members from around the UK. This enables the group to maintain oversight on all matters related to the management of shellfish fisheries.

A number of species-specific sub-groups operate under the SIAG. They work on matters related to specific stocks and fisheries. At the moment there are species sub groups focusing on management  whelks and crab and lobster fisheries.

Further information on these groups is available on our website from the links below.

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the SIAG, Whelk Management Group and Crab and Lobster Management group are focused on sustainable management of important shellfish species

Finfish Industry Advisory Group

The Finfish Industry Advisory Group (FIAG) provides a forum to discuss sustainability and management of finfish fisheries. The group is a point of contact for all matters relating to the UK’s non-quota finfish species. This includes lemon sole, turbot, bass, brill, pilchards, red mullet, gurnards, john dory and others.

The FIAG brings together members of the finfish catching sector and the wider supply chain with government and the research community. Members work together to improve the sustainable management of these commercially important fisheries by engaging on national level fisheries management issues.

The FIAG is focused on sustainable management of non-quota finfish fisheries including bass

Project UK Fisheries Improvement Projects

Project UK Fisheries Improvement Projects operate as a collaborative stakeholder partnership project facilitated by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). They aim to improve the environmental sustainability of selected UK fisheries.

They use the MSC’s Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) tools to identify areas for improvement within certain UK fisheries. Once an area of improvement is identified, FIP Action Plans are developed to deliver the identified improvements. Each FIP Action Plan is designed to improve the fishery so it can apply to be considered for full MSC certification.

Further information on these projects is available on our website from the link below:

North Atlantic Pelagic Advocacy Group

The North Atlantic Pelagic Advocacy Group (NAPA) aims to improve pelagic fisheries management for the UK supply chain.

NAPA is a collective of retailers and supply-chain businesses with a commitment to sourcing sustainable seafood. This collective is using its voice to advocate for long-term, science-based management of North East Atlantic pelagic stocks: for prospering oceans and fisheries, and business security.

Further information on NAPA is available on our website from the link below:

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Northeast Atlantic mackerel are one of the species covered by NAPA

Further information and contacts

We have also collated some information and guidance on fisheries assessment and management processes. You can access this on our website from the link below:

If you’re looking to find out more about UK fisheries management and supply chain initiatives please contact:

Lewis Tattersall
Marine Sustainability Manager
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07970 154 238