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Fishing and Aquaculture Policy S-FISH-4

Proposals will not be supported unless they demonstrate they will, in order of preference:

a) avoid
b) minimise
c) mitigate significant adverse impact on essential fish spawning habitat including spawning, nursery, feeding grounds and migration routes.

Policy Considerations

1. Proposals must identify and consider essential fish habitats and provide evidence which illustrates how a proposal may or may not be impact habitats.
2. Proposals should avoid, minimised or mitigate the indirect or direct impacts to heritage assessts in the South plan marine area. For example this may inlcude the avoidance of sensitive fish habitats for part of the year, seabed reinstatement after disturbance in construction and limiting sedimentation to prevent smothering through the use of different construction techniques.
3. It may be benefical to consult the following when developing proposal:  

  • Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities (Devon and Severn, Southern, Sussex)
  • Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science
  • National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations
  • New Under Ten Fishermen's Association
  • North Western Waters Advisory Council - English Channel Working Group

4. Essential fish habitats includes both finfish and shellfish habitats. Maps of essential fish habitats are on the Marine Information System, but it is important to note that it does not include all species or essential habitats. Maps available for S-BIO-3 and S-BIO-4 can provide more information. 


Spawning, Nursery Grounds