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Community share at trial in Cornwall

A scheme to make available 240 tonnes of quotas for cod, plaice, wheels, rays, sole and other commercial species is to be opened shortly.

A second attempt will use a newly created Quota Enforcement Mechanism (QAM) to invite producer organizations with English members to apply directly.

The concept is to lease quotas at below market rates under a process to be delivered by Cornish FPO, Duchy Fish Quota Company and Cornwall Council. Funds raised will be reinvested in the program to support pilot fishermen through training in project management, monitoring and reporting, marketing and promotion.

Applications to Cornwall’s Community Quota Scheme are expected to open soon and priority will be given to new anglers and those wishing to operate larger vessels. These quotas are expected to be allocated in late summer

“The CFPO welcomes the approval of the Cornwall Community Quota process. Allocating additional quota regionally for the benefit of active fishermen and coastal fishing communities is in line with the Cornish Fisheries Strategy and we look forward to delivering this new approach,” said CFPO CEO Chris Ranford.

The CFPO will ensure that this additional quota is managed in a fair and equitable manner and will take into account different fisheries, seasonality, markets, innovation, supporting career progression and the long-term economic benefit to coastal communities.

A second attempt will use a newly formed Quota Enforcement Mechanism (QAM) to invite producer organizations with English members to apply directly. Producer organizations will present and explain how they would use the additional quota, and their applications will be assessed against environmental, economic and social criteria, with the highest scoring candidates awarded the quota.

According to Defra, the work carried out will build on the 2025 trial and beyond, “with an eye to supporting the sustainability of UK fisheries stocks and the wider interests of fishermen”.

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