New Byelaw

Marine Protected Area Byelaws introduced to protect the coastal waters of Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight.


Two new Inshore Fisheries and Conservation byelaws were introduced in 2014 to protect sensitive reef and seagrass features in internationally important marine areas. The byelaws, made by the Southern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA), protect the locally and internationally important habitats of seagrass and rocky reef habitats within Marine Protected Areas, in the productive coastal waters of Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight. The byelaws cover some 25% of these coastal waters and manage 670km2 of seabed. A byelaw entitled ‘Bottom Towed Fishing Gear’ manages trawling and dredging and the ‘Prohibition of Gathering (Sea Fisheries Resources) in Seagrass Beds’ byelaw applies to bait collectors and hand gatherers working in seagrass beds.
The byelaws and Map can be viewed using the following links:

BYELAW Bottom Towed Fishing Gear Byelaw

BYELAW Prohibition of Gathering Sea Fisheries Resources in Seagrass beds byelaw

A map of the Bottom Towed Fishing Gear areas can be found here.

EMS byelaws news release

“The information contained on this website is provided to assist fishermen and should not be used as a definitive statement of current regulations.”