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Limiting effort has become the European Commission’s principal means of input management control since 1992, and there are now a number of important Regulations which limit fishing effort in particular sea areas such as in Western Waters and for particular species such as North Atlantic cod, North Sea plaice and sole, Western Channel sole, southern hake and Nephrops and deep sea species. Effort limitation is particularly important as part of management and recovery plans for species, which are considered at special risk of overfishing. 

Effort management regulations place limits on the total effort applied in a these fisheries by allocating Member States (MS) with a total amount of kW days. Allocations are made annually based on the ‘track record’, that is effort used during a particular reference period. In some Member States these allocations are transferable between vessels. Effort allocations change in line with annual scientific advice about the status of fish stocks.

Responsibility for implementation of effort management Regulations lies with the MS governments and is typically delegated to organisations engaged with enforcing fisheries regulations. Regular dialogue with industry representatives enables stakeholder involvement.

This report explores how the various management regimes are managed by MS in response to the EU Regulations. The report is based on a literature review and on information collected using face-to-face interviews with MS administrations and control organisations, and with industry representatives. It makes recommendations for improvements for consideration by the EC.


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