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(3 March) Emergency marine licence granted for Beesands repair work

The Marine Management Organisation has approved an application from South Hams District Council for urgent repair work at Beesands, Devon.
(3 March) New opportunity to influence how England’s inshore fisheries are managed

People interested in influencing how inshore fisheries around Northumberland are managed are being encouraged to apply to join the region's inshore fisheries and conservation authorities (IFCAs).

Northumberland IFCA is looking to recruit someone with expertise in commercial fisheries.
(28 February) Noise and wind farm construction

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) is currently looking into concerns about noise in Withernsea, East Riding of Yorkshire and the Westermost Rough Offshore Wind Farm. The MMO regulates development in the seas around England, this includes offshore wind farms construction with a capacity of up to 100 megawatts.
(28 February) MMO quota meetings on the South coast

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) is holding meetings along England’s South coast in March to discuss fishing quota issues to give local fishermen in the 10-metres-and-under sector a chance to have their say.
(27 February) Fisheries catch limits set for March 2014

In February we explained the MMO’s role in bad weather and steps being taken to support affected coastal communities. This discussed our plans for fisheries management, in particular to continuously monitor quota and identify and source additional fishing opportunities where possible.
(14 February) MMO's role in bad weather

As part of the Defra network the Marine Management Organisation has offered its support to the organisations dealing with the impact of the recent bad weather.
(7 February) Repairing damage from coastal floods

Following recent bad weather, the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) is requesting anyone considering carrying out urgent works below mean high water springs to contact us before beginning work so that we can advise on whether a marine licence is required.

Activities to deposit or remove materials around England’s coast and in tidal rivers may legally require permission from the MMO before the works can begin.
(6 February) Share your views about MMO

Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has today (Thursday 6 February) opened its fourth annual customer and stakeholder satisfaction survey.

The survey is available online from 6 February until 9 March 2014.
(4 February) Paper logbooks for 12 to 15 metre vessels to be phased out by September 2014

Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has recently written to owners of 12 to 15 metre fishing vessels in England setting out what the fleet needs to do, and when they need to do it by, to comply with electronic logbook regulations.
(30 January) MMO Board re-appointments confirmed

The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Owen Paterson, has announced the re-appointment of Jayne Scott, Nigel Reader, Derek Langslow and Robert James as Marine Management Organisation (MMO) Board members. Their terms will run from 1 February 2014 until 31 January 2017.
(24 January) Master and owner charged with fisheries offences
(22 January) ABP Grimsby and Immingham harbour revision order application

Associated British Ports (ABP) Grimsby and Immingham applied to Marine Management Organisation (MMO) on 20 November 2013 for a harbour revision order (HRO).
(21 January) Owner and masters charged with fisheries offences
(17 January) Fish merchant fined for failing to submit sales notes
(17 January) Sea birds in bad weather guidance

Following recent bad weather in the south west of England, Marine Management Organisation (MMO) and partner agencies have received a number of reports of sea birds sheltering inshore.

They are reminding people that certain species of birds, along with other marine animals, are protected by international and national wildlife laws and care must be taken in order to avoid disturbing them. This is particularly important during periods of bad weather when more sea birds may be sheltering inshore.

Updated on 11 February to include priority species identification guide.
(13 January) MMO quota meetings in the North East in January

Quota managers from Marine Management Organisation (MMO) are holding meetings to discuss fishing quota issues on the North East coast on 22 and 23 January giving local fishermen a chance to have their say.
(10 January) Apply now for English catch quota trials in the North Sea and Western Waters for 2014

Applications are invited for new trials of catch quota schemes in the North Sea and Western Waters run by Marine Management Organisation (MMO) in 2014. The schemes follow on from those run in England since 2010 and 2011 and will investigate and provide further evidence that will inform policy and implementation of the landing obligation to be phased in from 2015 under a reformed Common Fisheries Policy.

Press office contacts

Marine Management Organisation
Lancaster House
Hampshire Court
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tel: 0191 376 2543 (24 hour)
Email: media@

Rachel Forster
Tel: 0191 376 2543

Amy Wardlaw
Tel: 0191 376 2573

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