Fish - additional quota allocation 2021: consultation

Closed 15 Jan 2021

Opened 17 Dec 2020

Feedback updated 24 Mar 2021

We asked

We asked for views on three options for allocating Additional Quota in 2021 and alternative allocation mechanisms.

You said

We received 69 responses to the consultation from a broad cross-section of stakeholders including fishers, environmental groups, industry representative groups and interested individuals. 

We did

To summarise, for 2021 the Scottish Government will:

  • Allocate the greater share of Additional Quota on the basis of historic track record for the reference period 2015-2019, to vessels active as of 1 January 2021.
  • Allocate a portion of Additional Quota to the non-sector.  

An analysis of responses and details are set out in the outcome report:

Published responses

View submitted responses where consent has been given to publish the response.


This consultation seeks views on how additional Scottish quota is allocated in 2021. 

From 1 January 2021, the UK will be an independent Coastal State. Negotiations with the EU and other Coastal States on fishing opportunities for 2021 are ongoing. In these negotiations the UK aims to secure Additional Quota – that is quota over and above the share which the UK received as an EU member state under the Common Fisheries Policy.

In our Future of Fisheries Management Policy Intent Paper we set out our intention to allocate additional fishing opportunities differently to the method currently used. The purpose of this consultation is to seek your views on how Additional Quota apportioned to Scotland should be allocated by the Scottish Government for 2021 only.

We anticipate that our approach to the allocation of any Additional Quota will change in future years, as a result of the Future of Fisheries Management strategy, learning through the allocation of Additional Quota in 2021 and the level of potential increases in Scotland’s apportionment of Additional Quota. Future arrangements will be the subject of a fuller consultation next year.

Why your views matter

This consultation seeks views on three options for the allocation of Additional Quota in 2021.

Read the consultation paper. 

What happens next

Following the closing date, all responses will be analysed and considered along with any other available evidence to help us. Responses will be published where we have been given permission to do so. An analysis report will also be made available. 


  • Marine and Fisheries