Summary of Responses to Public Consultation on a

Review of Management Measures in the Solent Bivalve


T he Southern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities’ public consultation on the proposal to review the Solent bivalve fisheries closed on the 13th April 2018 after running for a period of 29 days. Based on the outcomes of the pre-consultation held in January 2018, the public consultation focused on the following areas:

(1)  the proposed introduction of a permit byelaw (eligibility and costs);

(2)  the proposed introduction of new management measures within the Solent dredge fishery, with specific regard to the development of a minimum bar spacing on a box dredge;

(3)  the proposed review of existing measures with specific regard to:

 a)    the temporal measures under Section 2(a) of the Solent Dredge Fishing Byelaw 2016;

 b)    the provisions laid out under the Temporary Closure of Shellfish Beds Legacy Byelaw.

Southern IFCA received a total of 28 individual responses to the public consultation to include representatives from the commercial fishing sector, the fish processing and retail sector and conservation bodies.

Please find the ‘ Position Paper & Summary of responses ’ document which has been formulated in response to the feedback received during the recent public consultation period.

Based on the responses received, Southern IFCA intend to postpone the introduction of a permit byelaw during 2018 . This will enable continued and considered engagement with industry to ensure that a bespoke permit byelaw can be introduced in the future, following careful and considered engagement with industry.

Southern IFCA would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your involvement during the pre and public consultations and would welcome your comments on any of the above-named documents.

Important Information on New Fishing Byelaws - Please Read

20th November 2017

New management has been introduced for methods of bottom towed fishing gear within the coastal waters of Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight following the confirmation of two new Southern IFCA byelaws by the Secretary of State.

These are the Solent Dredge Fishing Byelaw and

the Bottom Towed Fishing Gear Byelaw 2016 .

Please click here to visit our News page with more information and links to the full byelaws

All fishers who plan to use bottom towed fishing gear within the Southern IFC District should be familiar with these new regulations. Southern IFCA officers will be working with the community throughout the district to ensure fishers are familiar with these new regulations and additional patrols will be organised to monitor compliance. Both byelaws are now in place and the measures will be enforced by Southern IFCA.


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The IFCA Vision

Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities will lead, champion and manage a sustainable marine environment and inshore fisheries, by successfully securing the right balance between social, environmental and economic benefits to ensure healthy seas, sustainable fisheries and a viable industry.

Who We Are

Southern IFCA covers the inshore waters of Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight out to 6 nautical miles. We work both on land and at sea to balance sustainable fisheries with a sustainable environment.


The District contains a diverse range of habitats and species within European Marine Sites and Marine Conservation Zones and our evidence collection ranges from impact surveys to habitat mapping and underwater video footage.


Land and sea patrols monitor compliance with EU, national and local fisheries legislation and officers' conduct landing inspections and inspections at sea, as well as premises checks, often in close liaison with partner agencies


Southern IFCA aim to be seen and heard by routinely engaging with stakeholders, local organisations and the wider public through open meetings, lectures, presentations and attendance at local open days.
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