Solent Bottom Towed Fishing Gear Management Measures Consultation
The Solent is an important area for fishing and marine conservation. The area includes a network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and Southern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA) has duties to manage fisheries within these sites, so to avoid significant disturbance and deterioration of designated habitats and species.
Following a draft assessment of fishing activities, Southern IFCA undertook a first informal consultation in January 2016; this included a series of management proposals for methods of bottom towed fishing. Following this consultation our management proposals have been updated to reflect the feedback received and these now inform a second informal consultation, to which we would welcome your feedback. Please click here for details.
Key changes made to the management proposals include:
  1. The inclusion of permanent protection for certain subtidal and intertidal habitats;
  2. Modification of management boundaries to support access to and enable the coherent management of fisheries in the harbour areas; and
  3. Changes to the timing of closures to enable fishing during winter months and to promote the recovery of benthic communities.
The outcome of these consultations will be used to inform management. The IFCA had intended to introduce measures using a new regulatory notice byelaw; however following formal consultation and objections received, the Authority has chosen to implement the outcomes through future byelaw development, for which there will be an additional opportunity for formal consultation.
This informal consultation process will help to ensure that any future byelaw takes account of your feedback. Your feedback is therefore important and we welcome your engagement in the management of fisheries within the District’s MPAs.

Regulations for fixed engines will come into force 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

Please click here to link to the article on the MMO website
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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