Waterdance adheres to quotas that are set in line with the best scientific advice issued by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES). Quotas set a maximum amount of fish that can be landed by species and geographic area. This key management tool has proved effective in achieving a general trend of increasing fish populations in UK waters in recent years. The nets we use are larger than the minimum required, as we recognise the need to allow juvenile fish to escape the nets at sea. We also use innovative methods to further reduce unwanted catch, such a panels of netting within the trawl of a larger mesh size. We hold ourselves to the highest standards of compliance with fishing regulations, including those to protect habitats and ensure crew welfare. All our vessels hold a Maritime & Coastguard Agency Certificate of Registry and Marine Management Organisation fishing licence, as well as any local Inshore Fisheries Conservation Authority permits. We provide intelligence to enforcement agencies of suspected illegal activity within the fishing industry.


 Waterdance Ltd holds quotas for the main commercial fish species in the South west of England. These are primarily used by Waterdance vessels, with some also traded to other fishing groups. For example, in 2018 and 2019 at least 20 tonnes of sole quota has been traded with the Marine Management Organisation, to make it available to the inshore fleet in the South west. If you are interested in learning more about Waterdance’s Quota please complete the form below:

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