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. POs are also responsible for managing fish 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. POs must comply with Articles 14 and 17 of Regulation (EU) No 1379/2013 on the common organisation of the markets in fishery and aquaculture products (CMO Regulation), and Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1418/2013 concerning production and marketing plans.
The UK Fisheries Administrations (FAs) have produced guidance on the conditions for PO recognition.