This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on fisheries. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Standard Notes

30.01.2015Sea Fisheries statistics
This note examines trends in the UK sea fishing industry, including landings, employment, fleet size, trade, and comparisons with EU countries. UK vessels land around 620,000 tonnes of fish each year, of which 400,000 tonnes is landed in the UK. Total landings are down 29% since 1994. Reduced landings in demersal fish account for much of this fall. The value of landings by the UK fleet has fallen by 19% in real terms over this period.
22.12.2014Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), 2014-2020
This note covers proposals for reform of the EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).
22.12.2014Seabass fishing
Seabass - an important fish species for commercial fishermen and recreational anglers. This note addresses issues around seabass Minnimum Landing Size, stock management and current Government policy.
22.12.2014UK Fishing Quota Agreements for 2015
This House of Commons Library Standrad Note summarises the negotiations and decisions taken over UK fishing quota agreements for 2015 made under the reformed Common Fisheries Policy.
21.05.2014EU bibliographies: Proposed reform of the Common Fisheries Policy
This Note brings together documents relevant to the proposals to reform the Common Fisheries Policy and its scrutiny in the UK and EU. It is not an attempt to define policy in this area. For information on policy developments contact Oliver Bennett on extn 2263.

Research Papers

19.07.2009Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee Stage Report. Bill 137 2008-09.
The Bill would set up a new Marine Management Organisation (MMO); streamline marine licensing; introduce marine planning; reform fisheries management; provide for Marine Conservation Zones; and enable the creation of a route around the English coast.
16.06.2009Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]
The Bill covers a broad range of marine issues and would: (1) set up a new Marine Management Organisation (MMO) under which many of the existing, diverse areas of marine regulation would be centralised; (2) streamline the existing marine licensing system and provide powers to create a joined up marine planning policy; (3) introduce new measures to reform fisheries management; (4) provide a framework for establishing marine conservation zones; and, (5) enable the creation of a route around the English coast.

Select Committee Reports

06.09.2011Domestic fisheries management - Implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy.
Government response. Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee; Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs report [Commons]
16.03.2011Domestic fisheries management - Implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy.
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

That this House welcomes the decision by the European Parliament to reject the extension of the fishery agreement with Morocco because of the exploitation of the disputed waters off ...
That this House welcomes the launch of Sainsbury's Switch the Fish campaign which encourages its customers to widen their shopping repertoire by trying one of five underutilised species ...
That this House calls on the European Commission to recognise the importance of nephrops to the Northern Ireland fishing industry and to ensure adequate fishing opportunities in terms ...
That this House notes the publication by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs of the draft National Policy Statement on waste water; recognises the need to construct ...
That this House regrets that food canning company John West continues to source tinned tuna from non-sustainable sources, making it now the only major UK producer to do so; welcomes ...

POST Papers

01.05.2010EU fisheries management, May 2010
This POSTnote describes challenges to ecosystem-based fisheries management and how these might be tackled. A recent European Commission green paper on the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy reconfirms the need to adopt an ecosystem approach.
01.06.2008Marine conservation zones, June 2008
Marine conservation zones, June 2008. POSTnote 08/310.


  • Research Papers (RP) - briefings produced by the House of Commons Library on Bills, topical issues and regular statistics
  • Standard Notes (SN) - shorter, topical briefings from the Commons Library
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POST Notes - short briefing notes produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - papers compiled by the House of Lords Library on Bills and for debates in the Lords
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses