Marine Management Organisation
The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) was established on 1 April 2010. The MMO licences, regulates and plans marine activities in the seas around England and Wales so that they're carried out in a sustainable way. It is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs.
The MMO is responsible for:
- Managing and monitoring fishing fleet sizes and quotas for catches
- Ensuring compliance with fisheries regulations, such as fishing vessel licences, time at sea and quotas for fish and seafood
- Managing funding programmes for fisheries activities
- Planning and licensing for marine construction, deposits and dredging that may have an environmental, economic or social impact
- Making marine nature conservation byelaws
- Dealing with marine pollution emergencies, including oil spills
- Helping to prevent illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing worldwide
- Producing marine plans to include all marine activities, including those we don’t directly regulate
- Enforcing wildlife legislation and issuing wildlife licences
The local MMO office for the Solent is in Portsmouth:
PO Box 964
Telephone: 02392 864 917.