Marine Management Organisation

What we do

We license, regulate and plan marine activities in the seas around England and Wales so that they're carried out in a sustainable way.

This helps the government achieve its vision for clean, healthy, productive and biologically diverse oceans and seas.

Who we are

We were created by the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 and are now a team of almost 300 people. We combine our Newcastle upon Tyne and London operations with a local presence around the English coastline in North Shields, Scarborough, Grimsby, Lowestoft, Harwich, Hastings, Shoreham, Poole, Portsmouth, Brixham, Plymouth, Penzance and Preston.

Our responsibilities

We’re responsible for:

• managing and monitoring fishing fleet sizes and quotas for catches
• ensuring compliance with fisheries regulations, such as fishing vessel licences, time at sea and quotas for fish and seafood
• managing funding programmes for fisheries activities
• planning and licensing for marine construction, deposits and dredging that may have an environmental, economic or social impact
• making marine nature conservation byelaws
• dealing with marine pollution emergencies, including oil spills
• helping to prevent illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing worldwide
• producing marine plans to include all marine activities, including those we don’t directly regulate
• enforcing wildlife legislation and issuing wildlife licences

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