Live and Ongoing Consultations

October 2018
Southern IFCA Review of Net Fishing Management

Southern IFCA is undertaking a review of net fishing management arrangements for estuary, harbour and pier areas in the district.

At this stage we are undertaking an eight-week public consultation to seek your views on a series of proposed measures. The closing date for this consultation is Friday 7th December 2018.

Please contact enquiries@southern-ifca.gov.uk or call 01202 721373 if you wish to arrange a meeting with an officer. A series of stakeholder drop-in sessions will be held during November 2018 at locations throughout the district. Details of these events will be advertised here shortly.

This consultation process will inform the development of any future management, it is therefore important that you provide evidence-based feedback in your response. Upon the conclusion of this consultation a summary of the responses received will be published on the Authority’s website, together with any further developments as part of this review, including information about any further public consultation. Following a review of this and any further evidence the Authority will consider whether regulation by way of byelaw is necessary and justified. If a byelaw is made, prior to confirmation, it will subject to a formal consultation and stakeholders will have an opportunity at this stage to make representations. The byelaw will only come into force following confirmation by the Secretary of State. Details of this process may be found http://www.association-ifca.org.uk/Upload/About/ifca-byelaw-guidance.pdf

Southern IFCA Consultation Document
Southern IFCA Supporting Evidence
DEFRA – Protection of Freshwater and Migratory Species
Environment Agency – Review of Protection Measures for Atlantic Salmon and Sea Trout in Inshore Waters
Natural England – Advice on the Conservation Status of Atlantic Salmon and Sea Trout


Past Consultations

Solent Bivalve Fisheries

July 2018
Consultation Summary of Responses - Solent Bivalve FIsheries Review

The 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.

March 2018,
Pre- Consultation Summary of Responses - Solent Bivalve FIsheries Review

The Southern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities’ (IFCA) pre-consultation on the proposal to review the Solent bivalve fisheries closed on the 21 st January 2018 after running for a period of 21 days. The pre-consultation sought to review the following:

           (1)   the existing management measures governing the Solent bivalve fisheries;

(2)   to consider the possible development of a permit byelaw to enable a flexible approach to the management of these fisheries;

(3)   to seek views on the sustainable exploration of stocks and potential measures that could be introduced to enhance the sustainability of the Solent bivalve fisheries.

Please click on the ‘ Summary of responses ’ paper to view the summary which has been formulated in response to the feedback received during the recent pre-consultation period.
Southern IFCA would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your involvement during this pre-consultation and would welcome your comments on any of the above-named documents.
In addition, please also see the following supporting documents, The Southern IFCA Solent Clam Management Plan and Solent Oyster Management Plan . These papers seek to provide a vision for the Solent bivalve fisheries and a general framework and specific guidance for implementing a strategic, coordinated and multi-partner approach that seeks to ensure healthy seas, sustainable fisheries and a viable industry moving forward.
If you have any questions regarding the review of management measures in the Solent bivalve fisheries, or the supporting documents thenplease contact the office on 01202 721373 or email enquiries@southern-ifca.gov.uk 

January 2018,
Solent Dredge Permit Byelaw Pre-Consultation
Southern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA) is seeking the community’s views on proposals to introduce a new Solent Dredge Permit byelaw.
The Solent is an important area for inshore fishing activities and its bivalve fisheries support a number of jobs and businesses in the area. Current trends and historic patterns indicate that intervention is necessary to enhance the sustainability and economic viability of these Solent fisheries.
There are a number of ongoing projects and strategies which are underpinning our understanding of the Solent bivalve fisheries. It is important that this work is supported by effective and robust management, as such, Southern IFCA intends to review all existing legislation and harmonise these with the development of new management for the Solent’s dredge fisheries under a single permit byelaw, ensuring that dredge fishing activities are carried out in a sustainable way whilst considering the needs of the community.
This pre-consultation seeks stakeholders’ views on the proposal to introduce a new byelaw to permit the use of dredges within the Solent area. Under this proposal, it is the intent that any person wishing to store, transport, retain on board or use a dredge from any vessel in the Solent area must first obtain a permit to do so and then comply with the conditions of the permit. The consultation document outlines the nature of measures that may be considered whilst also seeking feedback on how the management of the Solent bivalve fisheries may be improved.
Feedback from this pre-consultation will inform the development of future management, we therefore welcome your engagement. Please download the pre-consultation document here .
If you have any questions about the process or proposed measures you are encouraged to meet with Southern IFCA officers. To arrange a meeting with officers please contact the office on 01202 721373 or email enquiries@southern-ifca.gov.uk . This consultation closes on the 21st January 2018, feedback should therefore be submitted on or before this date. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
 
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