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Fishing and Aquaculture Policy FISH2

Proposals should demonstrate, in order of preference:

  1. that they will not have an adverse impact upon spawning and nursery areas and any associated habitat
  2. how, if there are adverse impacts upon the spawning and nursery areas and any associated habitat, they will minimise them
  3. how, if the adverse impacts cannot be minimised they will be mitigated
  4. the case for proceeding with their proposals if it is not possible to minimise or mitigate the adverse impacts

Policy Considerations

  1. In identifying possible effects upon spawning and nursery areas, proponents may wish to consider consulting with the appropriate decision makers, and also organisations including:
    • Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities
    • Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science
    • National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations
    • New Under Ten Fishermen's Association
    • North Sea Advisory Council (formerly North Sea Regional Advisory Committee)
  2. In addition to the information on spawning and nursery grounds within the map below it may be beneficial to consider spawning and nursery areas for all finfish and shellfish within a project level assessment.
  3. Proponents may wish to consider any potential impacts on these grounds as well as on the ability of species to access these grounds.
  4. Information on the location of areas closed to fishing due to a high abundance of juvenile fish. See both seasonal or real-time closures.
  5. Spawning and nursery grounds are often active during certain times of the year. Avoiding these times of the year can be important when considering how to minimise or mitigate a project's impact within a proposal.

This plan policy references the following data sources:

Please contact the owner for the most up-to-date data for your decision-making activities.