The allocation of fishing rights in UK fisheries

Aaron Hatcher, A. Read

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The United Kingdom has a long history of fishing, reflecting its position as an island with a relatively long coastline and its proximity to the productive fishing grounds of the European continental shelf, notably the North Sea, the English Channel and the West of Scotland. The UK fisheries are heterogeneous and this is reflected in a complex fleet structure. The shape of the modern UK fleet is the product of technological and market changes together with political developments, in particular the loss of access to traditional distant water grounds (particularly Iceland and Greenland) in the 1970s and the development of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) by the European Community (EC - which the UK joined in 1972). Under the CFP (see below) there have been national quotas for most stocks since the early 1980s, coupled with a succession of fleet reduction programmes (the so-called MAGPs or multi-annual guidance programmes).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCase studies on the allocation of transferable quota rights in fisheries
EditorsR. Shotton
Place of PublicationRome
PublisherFood and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9251046751
Publication statusPublished - 2001

Publication series

NameFAO Fisheries Technical Paper
PublisherFood and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations


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