Fisheries Management Chart

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The online version of the fisheries management chart has been developed by Bord Iascaigh Mhara in partnership with the Marine Institute and the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority

About the BIM Fisheries Management Chart

The BIM Fisheries Management Chart has been produced annually since 2005 and collates the numerous EU regulations regarding Technical Measures that the Irish Fishing Industry must comply with on a daily basis. Technical measures are rules governing how and where fishermen may fish. They aim to control the catch that can be taken with a given amount of fishing effort and also to minimise the impacts of fishing on the ecosystem. They form an integral part of the regulatory framework of most fisheries management systems including within Union waters.

Technical measures can be grouped into:

  • Measures that regulate the operation of the gear.
  • Measures that regulate the design characteristics of the gears that are deployed.
  • Minimum conservation reference sizes below which quota species may not be landed for human consumption under the landing obligation.
  • Measures that set spatial and temporal controls (e.g. closed/limited entry areas and seasonal closures) to protect aggregations of juvenile or spawning fish.
  • Measures that mitigate the impacts of fishing gears on sensitive species (e.g. marine mammals, seabirds and turtles) or closed areas to protect sensitive habitats (e.g. coldwater coral reefs).

The Fishery Management Chart presents these Regulations in a user-friendly format. However, in recent years, the paper chart has become increasingly limited in space due to the significant amount of legislation it covers. The development of this online platform overcomes this and allows the presentation of technical measures at a fishery and area level. This will permit users to access the information they require easily and efficiently.

For more detailed information about the system, plus user guides and tutorial videos, please visit the Resources section.

About BIM

We are the Irish State agency responsible for developing the Irish seafood industry.

BIM's mission is to support and enable an increase in value creation of a sustainable Irish seafood sector across the supply chain, from catch to consumer.



The charts, maps, boundaries, tables, and figures therein are for guidance purposes only and do not purport to be a legal interpretation. Please refer to the relevant national legislation and EU Regulations for full details.

This map is to be used as a reference chart alone and is not to be used for navigational or legal purposes. Before relying on the information on this site, users should carefully evaluate its accuracy, currency, completeness and relevance for their purposes. The site and data are provided on an "as is" and "as available" basis and Bord Iascaigh Mhara cannot guarantee and assumes no legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, timeliness, completeness, performance or fitness for a particular purpose, of the site or any content, or the usefulness of any information or product.


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