Mourne Herring Fishery licences available

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The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has announced that licences for the Mourne Herring Fishery will be available from 1 September 2016.

Fishing will be restricted to boats not exceeding 40ft (12.2 metres) in overall length using drift nets with a minimum mesh size of 54 mm in accordance with EC Regulation 850/98. Boats of over 40ft (12.2 metres) in overall length are not allowed to take part in this fishery.

The Mourne Herring quota for British registered fishing vessels in 2016 has been set at 30 tonnes. A further 59.7 tonnes is available for this season if required.

Weekend fishing for Mourne Herring will not be permitted in 2016.

Application forms are available from your local Fisheries Office. All licence applications must be accompanied by a copy of the current Certificate of Registry issued under The Merchant Shipping Act 1995.