Queen scallop fishermen will be required to have a special licence from this year.
New regulations for the island’s queen scallop fishery are planned following a public consultation on management measures.
While many of the measures introduced last year have been retained, fishermen this year will be required to have a specific queen scallop licence as part of their consolidated licence for fishing in Manx territorial waters.
The new licence will enable management measures such as setting catch limits, gear restrictions and closures to be quickly implemented. There will be no charge for a licence this year and all fishing licence holders will be contacted to ask if they wish to have their licence amended to include fishing for queen scallops.
Environment, Food and Agriculture Minister Phil Gawne said: ‘We remain committed to ensuring this is a sustainably-managed fishery which is also profitable for fishermen. I believe the new regulation will be a valuable tool in helping ensure we achieve this aim.’