Producer Organisations (POs) are membership organisations that are made up of fishermen. Each PO has a Board, Chief Executive and supporting officials. There are currently 10 Scottish POs recognised by Marine Scotland. Their role, in EC legislation, is to market the products of their members and to implement measures that promote the concentration of supply and stabilise prices. Producer Organisations are also allocated the vast majority of UK quotas by Fisheries Administrations and are responsible for managing these quotas on behalf of their members.
A PO must apply for formal recognition to its 'home' Administration and must fulfil certain criteria relating to it and its members. Such criteria for recognition - set out under Article 14 of EU Regulation No. 1379/2013 of 11 December 2013 - relate to area of operation, economic area, number of fishing vessels and production. All these factors contribute to determining whether there is sufficient economic activity, which is the main requirement for recognition.
One of the requirements of a PO is to submit an annual Production and Marketing Plan (P & MP) at the beginning of each fishing year (see Article 28 of EU Regulation No. 1379/2013, Commission Implementing Regulation [EU] No. 1418/2013, and the Commission Recommendation of 3 March 2014).
The plan will include a marketing strategy relating to quantity and quality of supply, and a catch plan for species, in particular for species covered by quotas. A copy of each Scottish PO's latest P & MP is now available.
In addition, in June 2012 Marine Scotland published a review of Sea Fish Producer Organisations in Scotland.