Launch of 2-Year Mackerel Icefish Licensing Round
The Government is pleased to announce the launch the next icefish licensing round. The documentation here, published today, provides information for anyone applying for a licence to fish for mackerel icefish in the South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands Maritime Zone for the two years 2018 – 2019. The deadline for applications is 26 January.
The Government has produced a Management Plan to accompany the documentation which seeks to provide a clear framework for the management of the fishery.
This licensing round will be established on the basis of existing fisheries legislation. In light of recent consultation the Government proposes to develop a new compliance and enforcement policy and updated fisheries legislation applicable to all fisheries for consultation in the first half of 2018. The intention is that this will be introduced at the end of the 2018 fishing season i.e. at the end of the first year of operation of the 2-year licensing round.