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Information Note

for vessel owners on the pilot effort regime in area VIa (north west of Ireland)
1 February to 31 May 2016
This note is intended to explain to vessel owners the background and approach adopted with regard to the pilot effort management scheme for the period 1 February to 31 May 2016.
Ireland is required to introduce and implement a licensing regime to manage its allocation of fishing effort – kW days at sea limits in areas VIa (north west of Ireland) for vessels using specified gear types which catch cod.
The EU Fisheries Councils in 2008 adopted a Cod Recovery Plan which is set out in Council Regulation (EC) No. 1342/2008. Article 14.3 imposes limits on the total combined kW capacity of the vessels receiving authorisations in areas VIa and VIIa at the same level as those that were active using the regulated gear in 2006 or 2007.
The annual effort allocation for each Member State was established by the EU Fisheries Council based on track record for the average of the period 2005 to 2007 and was then reduced by 25% in 2009. A further reduction of 25% was imposed for 2010, 2011 and subsequently for 2012. However, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 figures remain at 2012.
It is a matter for each Member State to decide on the method for allocating the fishing effort which is given as kilowatt days at sea (days at sea x kW of the vessel).
A Cod Effort Management Steering Group was established in February 2009. It consists of representatives of the Irish fishing industry, with input from the Marine Institute, the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority, Bord Iascaigh Mhara and the Department to advise the Minister on how the Pilot Schemes might be revised. The Minister has previously agreed to the implementation of twenty three Pilot Effort Management Schemes up to 31 January 2016.
At a meeting on 8 January 2016 the Steering Group made a number of recommendations with regard to VIa and the Minister has agreed to implement these in respect of the pilot scheme for the period 1 February to 31 May 2016.


Outline methodology for allocating effort
Pilot arrangements for 1 February to 31 May 2016.
Area VIa – Available kw - 32,838
The priority for granting effort will be based on 1 to 8 below, subject to the kW capacity cap above.
1. Vessels that had been authorised to fish in 2006 or 2007 and with a track record in 2006-2007 using the regulated gear referred to in Annex 1 to Council Regulation 1342/2008 during one or more days in area VIa in 2006 or 2007, will be granted an authorisation to fish. These vessels must be currently registered and licensed
2. All vessels, currently registered and licensed, with historical track record provided 100% of the kW capacity came from a vessel or vessels that had been authorised to fish in 2006 or 2007 and with a track record using the regulated gear referred to in Annex 1 to Council Regulation 1342/2008 during one or more days in area VIa in 2006 or 2007, will be granted effort days.
3. All vessels, currently registered and licensed, with a track record using the regulated gear referred to in Annex 1 to Council Regulation 1342/2008 during one or more days in area VIa in 2005  and also provided it does not cause an increase in the overall kW capacity allowed by EU Regulations, will be granted effort days. 
4. All vessels, currently registered and licensed, with historical track record provided 100% of the kW capacity came from a vessel or vessels with track record using the regulated gear referred to in Annex 1 to Council Regulation 1342/2008 during one or more days in area VIa in 2005 and also provided it does not cause an increase in the overall kW capacity allowed by EU Regulations, will be granted effort days.
5. All vessels, currently registered and licensed, with a track record using the regulated gear referred to in Annex 1 to Council Regulation 1342/2008 during one or more days in area VIa in 2004 and also provided it does not cause an increase in the overall kW capacity allowed by EU Regulations, will be granted effort days.   
6. All vessels, currently registered and licensed, with historical track record provided 100% of the kW capacity came from a vessel or vessels with track record using the regulated gear referred to in Annex 1 to Council Regulation 1342/2008 during one or more days in area VIa in 2004 and also provided it does not cause an increase in the overall kW capacity allowed by EU Regulations, will be granted effort days.
7. All vessels, currently registered and licensed, with a track record using the regulated gear referred to in Annex 1 to Council Regulation 1342/2008 during one or more days in area VIa in 2008, and also provided it does not cause an increase in the overall kW capacity allowed by EU Regulations, will be granted effort days.   
8. All vessels, currently registered and licensed, with historical track record provided 100% of the kW capacity came from a vessel or vessels with track record using the regulated gear referred to in Annex 1 to Council Regulation 1342/2008 during one or more days in area VIa in 2008 and also provided it does not cause an increase in the overall kW capacity allowed by EU Regulations, will be granted days.
During the period 1 February to 31 May 2016, vessels not registered or not licensed and in categories 1 to 8 above may be granted an authorisation during this period 1 February to 31 May 2016, provided it does not cause an increase in the overall kW capacity allowed by EU Regulations and provided that these vessels are registered and licensed before an authorisation is issued.
Transfer of 100% kW Capacity

Vessel owners may receive effort days following the transfer of 100% of the kW capacity from a vessel or vessels that had been granted an authorisation for the period 1 February to 31 May 2016 for the remainder of this period on the basis that it does not cause an increase in the overall kW capacity allowed by EU Regulations.   These vessels must be registered and licensed.  The total effort days allocated will be the balance in respect of the vessel from which the kW capacity was transferred.   The priorities 1 to 8 outlined above will apply in these cases and the granting of authorisations for future periods will be based on the prioritisation criteria put in place for these periods.


General Note

Vessels with less than 100% kW replacement capacity with relevant track record will not be eligible for effort days.


Historical track record kWs, retain the track record of the gear type and area which were on 100% of the kWs of the vessel/s from which the kW’s have most recently come.
Number of Effort days being granted
For the period from 1 February to 31 May 2016:
VIa (northwest of Ireland)
110 Days will be granted for TR1

30 Days will be granted for GN (including New Entrants)



Transfer from TR1 to TR2

Vessels owners who have an allocation of days for TR1 in VIa may be allowed transfer all or part of the days from TR1 to TR2 upon request.


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