Bottom Towed Fishing Gear Byelaw 2016 and 

Solent Dredge Fishing Byelaw

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 Section 155 & 156, Southern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority intends to apply to the Minister for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for the confirmation of the following byelaws: 
Bottom Towed Fishing Gear Byelaw 2016
Solent Dredge Fishing Byelaw

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Temporary Closure of Shellfish Beds Byelaw

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the above Regulation.
Temporary Closure of the wider Solent oyster fishery for the 2016/17 season excluding Portsmouth and Langstone Harbours and the section of Southampton Water North of a line between 50 50.61’N 01 20.52’W and 50 51.35’N and 01 19.76’W (this Notice should be read in conjunction with the current classification of shellfish harvesting areas).”

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Regulations for fixed engines are in force from on 1st April 2016
Please use the links below to view the legislation

Fixed Engines Byelaw

Sea Fisheries Fixed Engine Prohibition
Marine Management Organisation Update on
Fishing Restrictions for Bass 2016

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click here to view the new notice for recreational fishers for sea bass


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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