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11 July 2017,
Vacancy at Southern IFCA


Deputy Chief Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Officer


There is an exciting opportunity to join the Southern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority as Deputy Chief Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Officer.

Please click here to view details of the vacancy
 

22 June 2017,
Wareham Channel Upgrade to Class B (seasonal)


Information for those engaged in the shellfish industry in Poole Harbour.

The Food Standards Agency has agreed a seasonal upgrade of the Wareham Channel from Class C to Class B. The upgrade to Class B applies immediately and will continue until 28th February 2018, provided the on-going classification samples remain satisfactory. After the 28th February the area will return to Class C again until June/July 2018.

All other classifications for Poole Harbour remain unchanged. 

For more information please click here to view the trade information letter from the Borough of Poole.

A complete list of all classified shellfish harvesting areas in England and Wales is available on the Food Standard Agency's website.

For information on fishing for shellfish in Poole Harbour visit our Poole Harbour Shellfish Management page.



20 June 2017,
Two Portsmouth Fishermen Found Guilty for Obstructing Fisheries Officers


Two Portsmouth Fishermen, fishing in Southampton Water, have been found guilty of obstructing Fisheries Officers and ordered to pay fines and costs.

The case was brought by the Southern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA).

Appearing before the Southampton Magistrates Court on the 5th June 2017, Mr Kevin Smith, 53, and Mr Aston Stallard, 24, both from the Portsmouth area, were found guilty of obstructing Fisheries Officers, contrary to the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009.

At the trial, the Magistrates heard that on 30th August 2016, in the Ashlett Creek area of Southampton Water, Mr Smith positioned his fishing vessel, Phantom P300, so as to obstruct Fisheries Officers and how his crewmember Mr Stallard discarded the vessels catch over the side of the vessel before it could be inspected.

Fisheries Officers of the Southern IFCA regularly patrol Southampton Water and the Solent to ensure that closed areas are protected and that fishermen adhere to the minimum sizes of fish and shellfish. The obstruction of Fisheries Officers and failure to comply with their requests is an offence.

Commenting on the case, IFCA Deputy Chief Officer, Neil Richardson said, "Minimum size legislation is an essential management tool to ensure that there is enough stock left on the grounds to support the fishery and the fishermen in the region who rely on them. Southern IFCA is committed to protecting the fishery to ensure healthy seas, sustainable fisheries and a viable industry. This type of illegal activity and the behaviour of these individuals will not be tolerated and we will pursue such matters robustly through court".

Robert Clark, Chief Officer for Southern IFCA, said, "the protection of the future stocks is in everyone's interest. We aim to ensure that the actions of a few individuals do not jeopardise sustainable fisheries and the communitites they support".

Mr Kevin Smith was ordered to pay fines and costs totalling £5,195 and Mr Aston Stallard was ordered to pay fines and costs totalling £5,195.

Any information relating to illegal fishing activity can be reported to the Authority in confidence on 01202 721373.



May 2017,
Reporting Suspicious Activity


Southern IFCA (SIFCA) utilises a risk based approach to prioritise its compliance and enforcement activities and intelligence that is collated from a variety of sources that reflect current issues ‘on the ground’ that together maximise the efficient use of resources and help to reduce crime.
 
As the additional ‘eyes and ears’ of law enforcement, you can report suspected illegal fishing activity within the District by contacting SIFCA on 01202 721373 or by sending an email to enquiries@southern-ifca.gov.uk  Our Fisheries Officers will be pleased to assist with clarification of the rules and follow up on reports of suspicious activity.
 
Details of the local rules and regulations can be found on our website http://www.southern-ifca.gov.uk/byelaws  Other national regulations also apply, for example, the current bass nursery area legislation that can be found here http://www.southern-ifca.gov.uk/other-regulations
 
Fishing rules are often complicated and this reflects the differing management needs of the areas to which they apply. For example some forms of netting traditionally take place close to the shore and are perfectly legitimate.
 
Although we encourage the reporting of illegal activity, members of the public ashore (or in boats) in the interest of safety should not put themselves or others at risk or harass commercial fishermen engaged in fishing and if in doubt give us a call for clarification.    
 
Robert Clark
Chief Executive 



5 March 2017,
Fine and 360 hours of Community Service for two brothers convicted of fisheries offences in Poole Harbour


Two brothers from Poole have been given Community Orders and ordered to pay fines and costs after being found guilty of Public Order and fisheries offences in Poole Harbour.

The case was brought by the Southern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA).

Appearing before the Southampton Magistrates Court on the 28th and 29th of March 2017, Mr Andrew Skinner and Mr Christopher Skinner both of Hamilton Road, Poole, were found guilty of landing undersized shellfish, failing to comply with directions and obstruction of Fisheries Officers, contrary to the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 as well as for offences under the Public Order Act 1986.

At the trial the magistrates heard how on 3rd November 2015, Fisheries Officers were in the Lake Road slipway area of Poole when they approached the brothers who were engaged in landing a catch of shellfish. The Officers intended to inspect the shellfish, and directed the fishermen in this regard; however Mr Christopher Skinner instead emptied the contents of the sacks of shellfish and fish boxes into the water and then proceeded to jump up and down on the shellfish. Mr Andrew Skinner also then emptied the contents of a shellfish sorting table. The Officers gave further directions to the Skinner brothers but the brothers then caused Public Order offences by way of their threatening and abusive behaviour.

The subsequent collection and inspection of the dumped shellfish revealed that an average of 45% of the manila clam present were under the minimum size.

Commenting on the case, IFCA Deputy Chief Officer Neil Richardson said, "Minimum size legislation is an essential management tool to ensure that there is enough stock left on the grounds to support the fishery and the fishermen in the region who rely on them. Southern IFCA is committed to protecting the fishery to ensure healthy seas, sustainable fisheries and a viable industry. This type of illegal activity and the behaviour of these individuals will not be tolerated and we will pursue such matters vigorously through court".

Mr Andrew Skinner was ordered to pay fines and costs totalling £1905 and Mr Christopher Skinner was ordered to pay fines and costs totalling £1855. In addition they were each ordered to carry out 180 hours of Community Service unpaid work, to be completed within 12 months, for the Public Order offence.

Any information relating to illegal fishing activity can be reported to the Authority in confidence on 01202 721373.



28 February 2017,
Portsmouth Merchant in Court for the second time this month for storing undersized shellfish


Following a recent court bill of £34,700 a Portsmouth based fish merchant was in Court for the second time this month and fined over £14,500 after admitting to storing undersized shellfish on their premises on three separate occasions.

In Portsmouth Magistrates Court on the 27 February 2017 the Portsmouth based company Viviers (UK) Ltd. pleaded guilty to three offences relating to the storage of undersized Manila Clams and, at the same hearing Company Director Mr Eric McLeod, 72, pleaded guilty to failing to comply with a requirement to produce documentation relating to the shellfish inspected in those premises.

The Court heard how on 11 March 2016, a joint inspection was conducted at Viviers (UK) Ltd. involving Officers from the Southern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA), Marine Management Organisation (MMO) and the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculutre Science (CEFAS) where approximately 60 trays of Manila Clams in depuration tanks were found to be 75% under the minimum conservation reference size of 35mm.

The Court also heard how, in a separate incident, on 21 April 2016, a joint inspection was conducted at Viviers (UK) Ltd. involving Officers from the IFCA and CEFAS where over 70 trays of Manila Clams in depuration tanks and a further quantity on the shop floor were found to be in excess of 50% undersized. When Officers asked Mr Eric McLeod to produce documentation as to the origin of the shellfish he refused to comply with their request saying he didn't agree with the legislation.

In a third separate incident on 15 June 2016, a further joint inspection was conducted at Viviers (UK) Ltd. involving Officers from the IFCA and the MMO where over 160 trays of Manila Clams in depuration tanks were found to be over 47% undersized. On this occasion Mr Eric McLeod stated that the clams had come from Poole Harbour.

Viviers (UK) Ltd. and Mr Eric McLeod were sentenced for the three matters and all charges collectively. In sentencing the District Judge took into account Viviers (UK) Ltd. prior convictions for illegal fishing activity, including the recent matter in the same Court earlier this month. Mr Eric McLeod was ordered to pay £1,200 and Viviers (UK) Ltd. £6,000 in fines and the full costs of £7,544 were awarded against the company. Fines and costs totalleed £14,744.

Commenting on the case, Southern IFCA Deputy Chief Officer Ian Jones said "Minimum size legislation is an essential management tool to esnure that there is enough stock left on the grounds to support the fishery and the fishermen in the region that rely on them. Southern IFCA is committed to protecting these fisheries to ensure healthy seas, sustainable fisheries and a viable industry. This type of illegal activity puts legitimate operators at a disadvantage; by pursuing these matters vigorously through court we aim to support and protect the local fishery".

Mr Jones went on to say "This case is another good example of a joined up collaborative approach with other agencies that enables cost effective inspections to be carried out to satisfy the joint objectives of all involved. Failing to comply with Officers reasonable directions will not be tolerated and merchants are required to provide documentation and assist Officers where necessary in the execution of their duties".



17 February 2017,
Portsmouth boat owners £34k court bill for illegal fishing


Portsmouth based boat owners face a court bill of over £34,000 after admitting to the taking of undersize shellfish.

In Portsmouth Magistrates Court on the 16 February 2017 the Portsmouth based company Viviers (UK) Ltd., as the owner of the fishing vessel P11 Ask Me pleaded guilty to three offences relating to the taking and retention of undersize shellfish and the removal of oysters from a closed fishery.

At the same hearing Eric McLeod, 72, and his son Andrew McLeod, 49, as the owners of the fishing vessel P936 El Barco, also each pleaded guilty to two separate fisheries offences relating to the taking and retention of undersize shellfish.

The Court heard how, on 3 December 2015, Fisheries Officers from the Southern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA) inspected the fishing vessel P11 Ask Me at the Camber Dock, Portsmouth (adjacent to Viviers (UK) Ltd.) and found on board quantities of Manila clams and American Hard Shelled clams below the minimum size as well as a quantity of oysters which had been removed while the fishery was closed (due to the severe depletion of shellfish beds).

The Court also heard how, in a separate incident, on 5 January 2016 at Hamble, Southampton, Fisheries Officers inspected the fishing vessel P936 El Barco and found on board quantities of Manila clams and American Hard Shelled clams below the minimum size. Mr Eric McLeod and Mr Andrew McLeod, owners of the fishing vessel P936 El Barco are also Directors of the company Viviers (UK) Ltd.

Viviers (UK) Ltd., Mr Eric McLeod and Mr Andrew McLeod were sentenced for both matters and all charges collectively. In sentencing the District Judge took into account Viviers (UK) Ltd. prior convictions for illegal fishing activity, including offences in Wales and in Cornwall. Viviers (UK) Ltd. was ordered to pay £10,000 in fines and the total legal and investigative costs of £18,705.64. Mr Eric McLeod and Mr Andrew McLeod were each ordered to pay £3,000 in fines. Fines and costs totalled £34,705.64.

At a separate, earlier hearing the masters of both P11 Ask Me and P936 El Barco were also ordered to pay a total of £3,000 in fines and costs for the same incident.

Commenting on the case Southern IFCA Deputy Chief Officer Ian Jones said "Minimum size legislation is an essential management tool to ensure that there is enough stock left on the grounds to support the fishery and the fishermen in the region that rely on them. Southern IFCA is committed to protecting these fisheries to ensure healthy seas, sustainable fisheries and a viable industry. This type of illegal activity puts legitimate operators at a disadvantage; by pursuing these matters vigerously through court we aim to support and protect the local fishery".


13 February 2017,
Southern IFCA Volunteer Internships 2017


Southern IFCA is offering an exciting opportunity for three volunteer internship placements during Summer 2017. The successful applicants will lead the delivery of individual projects directly informing inshore fisheries management as part of the Authority's ongoing duties.

Internships will last for a period of six weeks between June and September, depending on the project, with an approximate commitment of 20 hours per working week. Working hours and location will be flexible; however volunteers will be required to work from the Southern IFCA office for a minimum of one day per week. Volunteers will be supported by a project mentor and as part of the placement Southern IFCA will provide training opportunities in key areas that enable volunteers to develop their experience and understanding of inshore fisheries management.

Information about the three individual project opportunities, together with the experience, knowledge and skills required can be found in the project role profiles. The Southern IFCA Policy and Guidance for Engaging Volunteers describes what volunteers should expect from Southern IFCA and how volunteers should conduct themselves whilst involved with the Authority.

To apply for the placements applicants should send a copy of their CV together with a letter outlining which project(s) they would be interested in applying for and explaining in no more than 1000 words why they would be suitable for the role. Applications should be sent to the Southern IFCA office titled '2017 Internships' by email (enquiries@southern-ifca.gov.uk) or post by 12 noon on Monday 6th March 2017. Full information on the interview arrangements will be sent to those candidates who have been short listed.


19 January 2017,
Second fine for unlicensed Poole Fisherman in as many months whilst a second man fined for transportation of undersized shellfish


At Bournemouth Magistrates Court, Ben Cooke and Luke Sharman both of Hamworthy, Poole were ordered to pay fines and costs relating to failing to comply with directions given by Fisheries Officers and landing and transporting undersized shellfish for offences that occurred on 3 February 2016.

On 18 January 2017, the court heard how Fisheries Officers were conducting a night time patrol of Poole Harbour when they heard the unique sound of a shellfish pump scoop dredge in the Wareham Channel. Officers became aware that an unlicensed vessel known to them was not on its mooring and suspected that the vessel migh be engaged in illegal fishing. Later that evening they observed the unlicensed vessel enter Moriconium Quay with two persons on-board, one of which they recognised as Ben Cook. Officers watched the vessel come out of Moriconium Quay and onto a mooring at Lake Road. There was now only Mr Cook on board who rowed ashore in a small tender and left the area shortly thereafter.

As Officers approached Moriconium Quay by land they saw Mr Cook and a male person now known to them as Luke Sharman carrying a white fish box containing shellfish towards an open garage in the residential area of the complex. There was also a dredge and auxiliary pump near to the garage. Officers identified themselves and both men dropped the fish box and, despite being given directions for Mr Cook and Mr Sharman to remain where they were to assist with an inspection of the shellfish, Mr Sharman closed and locked the garage door and both men then left the area.

A subsequent inspection of the fish box revealed a mixture of manila clams and cockles (predominantly manila clams) valued at approximately £400 where 94% of the clams and 100% of the cockles were under the minimum legal size. A sample of the shellfish together with the dredge and pump were seized as evidence and the remaining shellfish were returned to the water.

Shellfish dredging in Poole Harbour is managed through Southern IFCA's Poole Harbour Dredge Permit byelaw, a limited access permitting scheme designed to support sustainable fishing whilst protecting nationally and internationally important bird species and their habitat. Shellfish dredging in Poole Harbour is only permitted to permit holders, who must comply with a series of permit conditions that include equipment specifications, closed seasons and catch reporting that are designed and regularly adapted to ensure the fishery is operating in a responsible manner.

IFCA Officers are empowered under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 to board and inspect vessels, enter and inspect premises and vehicles and those being subjected to inspection, including the master and crew on vessels or any person in or on premises must provide assistance if it is requested.

Commenting on the case, IFCA Deputy Chief Officer Ian Jones said, "Officers conduct enforcement patrols at all times of the day and night that include weekends and this case should give confidence to legitimate operators that everything is being done to ensure there is a sustainable shellfish fishery in Poole Harbour. Minimum size legislation is an essential management tool to ensure that there is enough stock left on the grounds to support the fishery and the fishermen in the region who rely on them. Southern IFCA is committed to protecting the fishery to ensure healthy seas, sustainable fisheries and a viable industry. This type of illegal activity puts legitimate operators at a disadvantage and by taking these offenders to court we aim to support and protect the local fishery."

Mr Jones further added "Failing to comply with Officers reasonable directions will not be tolerated and we will pursue such matters vigorously through court".

This is the second time in as many months that Mr Cook has appeared before the Courts for similar offences and in addition to fines imposed on him in December 2016 totalling £2240, Mr Cook was ordered to pay fines and costs totalling £1580 for this matter. Mr Sharman was ordered to pay fines and costs totalling £480. Forfeiture of the dredge and pump valued at £1000 was also granted by the Court.

Any information relating to illegal fishing activity can be reported to the Authority in confidence on 01202 721373.



5 January 2017,
Poole Fisherman pleads guilty to obstructing Fisheries Officers and retaining undersized clams


At Bournemouth Magistrates Court, Andrew Skinner, 25 of Hamworthy, Poole, Dorset pleaded guilty to retaining undersized manila clams on board his fishing vessel and obstructing Fisheries Officers by discarding his catch contrary to the Marine and Coastal Access Act, 2009.

On the 5 January 2016 the court heard how on Thursday 15 October 2015, Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA) Officers came alongside Mr Skinner's fishing vessel in order to conduct an inspection of the catch. Fisheries Officers located a small quantity of manila clams on board the vessel and after measuring a sample of the catch ascertained that 70% were under the legal minimum size of 35mm. As Fisheries Officers reported their findings to Mr Skinner and their intention to measure a further sample, Mr Skinner obstructed the Officers by throwing the remainder of the catch overboard despite being given numerous directions by the Officers not to do so.

Officers are empowered under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 to board and inspect vessels, enter and inspect premises and vehicles and those being subjected to inspection, including the master and crew on the vessel, must provide assistance if it is requested.

Commenting on the case, IFCA Deputy Chief Officer Ian Jones said, "Fisheries regulations are an essential management tool that include legal minimum sizes that protect juvenile stock. Inspections ensure that fishermen are complying with the rules, discarding catch overboard prevents Officers from fulfilling that duty. Southern IFCA is committed to protecting its fisheries to ensure healthy seas, sustainable fisheries and a viable industry. This type of illegal activity puts legitimate operators at a disadvantage and by taking these offenders to court we aim to support and protect the local fisheries".

Mr Jones further added "Intentionally obstructing Officers in the performance of any of their functions under the Act will not be tolerated and we will pursue such matters vigorously through court".

Mr Skinner was ordered to pay a total of £430 in fines and costs.

Any information relating to illegal fishing activity can be reported to the Authority in confidence on 01202 721373.


4 January 2017,
Bass Fishing: Catch limits, closures and minimum size


If you are a commercial or recreational fisherman for bass you will need to comply with the new rules for:

  • Where you can catch bass
  • When you can catch bass
  • How many bass you can catch
  • Minimum size you can keep


The statutory guidance on Bass Fishing: Catch limits, closures and minimum size can be viewed here.

 

Please click here to view a copy of our notice on New Regulations for Recreational Fishers for Sea Bass.

6 December 2016,
Report Suspicious Behaviour at Sea: Project Kraken


There are over 11,000 miles of British mainland coastline which can be exploited by terrorists and serious criminals.

What to Report

You should report any unusual or suspicious activity near the UK coastline and in maritime environments immediately. This could include:

  • Crew who show signs of nerviousness or a lack of awareness of maritime protocols and customs
  • Vessels showing signs of unusual modification or minor damage
  • Increased activity at isolated coastal locations or at unusual times of day
  • Attempts to signal to vessels offshore or guide them into an unusual location
  • Strange patterns of payment, such as large amounts of cash
  • People testing site security or an unusual interest in site structures and wharfs


How to Report Suspicious Activity

If you see anything unusual or suspicious you can report it to your local police on 101, or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 quoting 'Kraken'.

If it is an emergency, call 999.

To anonymously report your information online, visit Crimestoppers.

Do not take direct action against any individuals or groups.




13 October 2016,
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).
 
All other byelaws and spatial closures will still apply.
 
The Western boundary closure will be from Hurst Point to Fort Albert on the Isle of Wight.
 
The Eastern Boundary closure will be the eastern loxodromic line from 50 46.90’N 0 58.18’W out to the Bay Closing Line which runs from church rocks to approximately 350m South of Selsey Bill as set out in SIFCA byelaws and up to the tidal limits within these boundaries.
 
A full text of the closure notice can be obtained from Southern IFCA 64 Ashley Road, Parkstone, Poole Dorset BH14 9BN on request or viewed on the Authority’s website at www.southern-ifca.gov.uk/byelaws  (or email enquiries@southern-ifca.gov.uk).
 
Further information on this and other legislation for the 2016/17 oyster season starting on the 1st of November 2016 can be found here.


13 September 2016,
Reporting Suspicious Activity


Southern IFCA (SIFCA) utilises a risk based approach to prioritise its compliance and enforcement activities and intelligence that is collated from a variety of sources that reflect current issues ‘on the ground’ that together maximise the efficient use of resources and help to reduce crime.
 
As the additional ‘eyes and ears’ of law enforcement, you can report suspected illegal fishing activity within the District by contacting SIFCA on 01202 721373 or by sending an email to enquiries@southern-ifca.gov.uk  Our Fisheries Officers will be pleased to assist with clarification of the rules and follow up on reports of suspicious activity.
 
Details of the local rules and regulations can be found on our website http://www.southern-ifca.gov.uk/byelaws  Other national regulations also apply, for example, the current bass nursery area legislation that can be found here http://www.southern-ifca.gov.uk/other-regulations
 
Fishing rules are often complicated and this reflects the differing management needs of the areas to which they apply. For example some forms of netting traditionally take place close to the shore and are perfectly legitimate. 
 
Although we encourage the reporting of illegal activity, members of the public ashore (or in boats) in the interest of safety should not put themselves or others at risk or harass commercial fishermen engaged in fishing and if in doubt give us a call for clarification.      



15 March 2016,
Marine Protected Area Regulatory Notice 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 byelaw:

Marine Protected Area Regulatory Notice Byelaw

Under this byelaw the Authority will have the ability to introduce regulatory notices for the management of fishing activities within or adjacent to Marine Protected Areas, for the purpose of furthering conservation objectives and for the coherent management of sites. Regulatory notices may be issued or amended following a procedure defined in the byelaw, allowing the Authority to flexibly manage fishing activities and refine measures as the evidence base improves.

Click here to view the Byelaw
Click here to view the associated Impact Assessment

A full text of the Byelaw and associated assessments can also be inspected at, or obtained from Southern IFCA 64 Ashley Road, Parkstone, Poole, Dorset BH14 9BN.

Any person wishing to object to the confirmation of the above byelaw must send a statement of objection in writing to:
Marine Conservation and Enforcement Team
Marine Management Organisation
Lancaster House
Hampshire Court
Newcastle Upon Tyne
NE4 7YH

(or IFCAbyelaws@marinemanagement.org.uk) within 28 days of the publication of this notice and must send a copy of this statement to the CEO at Southern IFCA, 64 Ashley Road, Parkstone, Poole, Dorset BH14 9BN (or enquiries@southern-ifca.gov.uk)



22 February 2016,
Southern IFCA Newsletter


We have published our Winter 2015/2016 newsletter! In this issue are articles on the Portsmouth Capital Dredge Oyster Mitigation Project, the Needles Marine Conservation Zone and the C-Bass Data Tagging Project as well as a Compliance and Enforcement Report and an article on the National IFCA Enforcement Course.

For all this and more, click here to visit our Useful Documents page.



08 February 2016,
Southern IFCA Volunteer Internships 2016


Southern IFCA is offering an exciting opportunity for six volunteer internship placements during 2016. The successful applicants will lead the delivery of individual projects directly informing inshore fisheries management as part of the Authority's ongoing duties.

Internships will last for a period of six weeks between April and September, depending on the project, with an approximate commitment of 20 hours per working week. Working hours and location will be flexible; however volunteers will be required to work from the Southern IFCA office for a minimum of one day per week. Volunteers will be supported by a project mentor and as part of the placement Southern IFCA will provide training opportunities in key areas that enable volunteers to develop their experience and understanding of inshore fisheries management.

Information about the six individual project opportunities, together with the experience, knowledge and skills required can be found in the project role profiles. The Southern IFCA Policy and Guidance for Engaging Volunteers describes what volunteers should expect from Southern IFCA and how volunteers should conduct themselves whilst involved with the Authority.

To apply for the placements applicants should send a copy of their CV together with a letter outlining which project(s) they would be interested in applying for and explaining in no more than 1000 words why they would be suitable for the role. Applications should be sent to the Southern IFCA office titled '2016 Internships' by email or post by 12 noon on Tuesday 1st March 2016. Full information on the interview arrangements will be sent to those candidates who have been short listed.
 


26 January 2016,
Marine Management Organisation News Item on Fishing Restrictions for Bass 2016


The Marine Management Organisation has published an article on their website providing clarification and guidance on the new measures for bass in 2016.

"When the European Union (EU) publishes the annual regulations allocating total allowable catch and quotas to member states (the T&Q regulation), a number of new restrictions for catches of sea bass will be introduced. This article seeks to answer the key questions surrounding the new measures for commercial and recreational fishermen."


8 January 2016,
Memorandum of Agreement for Bait Digging within Poole Harbour


From 1st November to 30th March, bait diggers are asked to avoid key bird sensitive areas of Poole Harbour to help prevent disturbance to overwintering and passage birds of national and international importance.

This seasonal closure is part of a suite of measures introduced under the Memorandum of Agreement for Bait Digging in Poole Harbour, which establishes a joint approach to management of bait digging with the aim of developing and maximising opportunities to protect and improve the marine environment of the inshore waters in the Harbour and to further its sustainable use for the purposes of conservation of biodiversity, recreation, amenity and education.

The area of Poole Harbour is designated as a Special Protection Area (SPA), Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Ramsar site. The site is designated for a number of habitats and species of conservation interest and competent authorities have a responsibility under the Habitats and Species Regulations (2010) to ensure that these habitats and species are protected.

The Agreement sets out a number of provisions to avoid impacts on the Poole Harbour European Marine Site (EMS). In addition to the above seasonal closures for areas defined as particularly sensitive to disturbance, bait digging is prohibited all year round in the area north of the railway bridge in Holes Bay. Diggers are asked to avoid the remainder of Holes Bay between 1st January and 29th February. Bait digging is prohibited within seagrass beds all year round under the Southern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority byelaw 'Prohibition of gathering (sea fisheries resources) in seagrass beds'.

Diggers are also reminded about the importance of backfilling any holes which are dug as those which are not backfilled can take many weeks to refill naturally (depending on the tide and wave action of a particular area). This can reduce the area available for feeding birds and can pose a safety risk to other users of the Harbour. Diggers are also asked to dig bait sustainably and adhere to all local byelaws and regulations.

The Agreement was developed in 2014 by the Poole Bait Working Group. Administered by the Southern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority, the Working Group brings together relevant authorities, nature conservation bodies and representatives of the industry with the aim to manage bait collection activity in Poole Harbour. The group hopes that the joint approach to management of bait digging activity will protect the marine environment in Poole Harbour whilst allowing sustainable bait collection to continue.

Sea Angling contributes substantially to the local economy and supports many businesses including those engaged with bait collection. The Agreement will encourage sustainability of the industry which in turn will support and contribute to sea angling across the Southern IFCA District and the wider south coast.

A copy of the Agreement can be viewed here.


14 December 2015,
Southern IFCA Officers are cross warranted to enforce the Salmon & Freshwater Fisheries Act (SAFFA)


Southern IFCA and the Environment Agency (EA) have been successfully working together on enforcement issues relating to migratory fish since the IFCAs were created. In August 2015 Southern IFCA Officers recieved training from the Environment Agency in a number of areas that included:

  • Awareness of reporting environmental incidents
  • Net Limitation Orders
  • Buyer beware
  • Catch and release agreements
  • SAFFA and Eel Regulations legislation
  • Salmonid and European Eel biology
  • Powers of Entry and Regional Byelaws


The Officers successfully passed assignments that give them additional powers with warrants usually held by the Environment Agency Fisheries Officers. The Officers recieved their warrants in September 2015 allowing them to work more effectivley to address migratory fish concerns in inshore waters with the Environment Agency in the coming years.

Environment Agency Fisheries Enforcement Officers recieved similar type training by Southern IFCA and are cross-warranted accordingly enabling those Officers to address IFCA byelaw compliance issues detected in their routine enforcement patrol work. EA Officers undertake regular training to retain their understanding of byelaws and compliance issues across the Southern IFCA district. Both the EA and Southern IFCA will continue to undertake joint patrols and training days to ensure that their skills and knowledge are shared between the two organisations so that together they can deliver more effective enforcement of fisheries in inshore waters.

Here are some useful links:
EA incident reporting
Fixed engine byelaws
Net Limitation Orders
Buyer beware
SAFFA
Eel Regulations

23 October 2015,
Invitation to Tender - Oyster Translocation Project, Portsmouth Harbour


Southern IFCA, with funding from the Defence Infrastructure Organisation, is seeking services from fishing vessels local to Portsmouth Harbour to take part in an innovative ‘oyster translocation project’.

The project will put in to practice a translocation protocol for native oysters, prior to the proposed capital dredge in Portsmouth, so as to mitigate the impacts of development on the seabed and oyster populations. This protocol is designed to assist sustainable development of the marine environment and local fisheries.

Please click here for more information and to view the Invitation to Tender document.

The deadline for applications is Midday on 30th October 2015.



22 October 2015,
Solent Oyster Season 2015 - Closure of Shellfish Beds Byelaw


Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the above Regulation. Please follow the link to view or download the Information Pack that includes the temporary closure notice, maps of prohibited areas and details of current shellfish classifications within Portsmouth and Langstone for this season.


1 September 2015,
New Regulation for Recreational Fishers for Sea Bass


Notice for all recreational and commercial fishers for sea bass that the minimum conservation reference size has increased to 42cm from 1st September 2015. Please view the notice New regulation for recreational fishers for sea bass
 

17 June 2015,
New Fisheries Patrol Vessel for the Solent named at Seaworks International 2015


To enable the Authority to protect the important fisheries in the region, we have taken delivery of a purpose build Patrol Vessel named 'Stella Barbara' at Seawork International 2015, in Southampton. 

Robert Clark, Chief Fishery Officer said "The new patrol vessel will be used to protect the coastal seas in the region which are some of the most diverse and productive in the Country and which in turn support one of the largest coastal fishing fleets in England as well as providing many important recreational benefits to the thousands of anglers who enjoy their sport off these shores".

The patrol vessel is named after Mrs Stella Barbara Dean, of New Milton, Hampshire, in recognition of her contribution to the coastal fishing community and fisheries management in the area.

The new RIB will support and develop Southern IFCAs partnerships with other public authorities that are involved with research, monitoring, regulation or enforcement in the sea within the region and her primary task will be to enforce local fisheries byelaws including those which ensure the protection of the regions extensive Marine Protected Area network.

FPV Stella Barbara has the capability to be manned by up to four crew and will be primarily based in the Solent and patrol the waters around the Isle of Wight. She can be trailered ready for quick deployment anywhere within the District. 

The new 8m Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) was manufactured by Ribcraft of Yeovil in Somerset and has a top speed in excess of 40 knots.

Ian Davies, the Chairman of the Southern IFCA said, "This new vessel will support the vibrant coastal fisheries off Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight. In naming the vessel Stella Barbara, we pay tribute to the tireless work of Mrs Stella Dean and would like to thank her for naming the vessel".

             



16 June 2015,
New Regulation for Dredging in Poole Harbour



NOTICE TO FISHERMEN

Effective 1 July 2015, no person on board, or by means of a vessel shall use, retain on board, store or transport a dredge within Poole Harbour except in accordance with a permit issued by the Authority, or in accordance with a written dispensation for certain lawful activities.

"dredge" means a dredge, scoop or similar device and any auxiliary hydraulic equipment that is designed for, or capable of taking any shellfish.

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE

Effective 1 July 2015, any such dredge that is used, retained on board, stored or transported on a vessel within Poole Harbour may be siezed by the Authority forthwith and the owner may be liable for prosecution.

Please click here to view the information leaflet



07 May 2015,
New Regulation for Recreational Fishers for Sea Bass



No more than three sea bass may be retained per person per day.

The European Commission has now implemented a 3 fish daily bag limit for bass for all recreational fishers as part of a package of measures being developed at EU level to address declining bass stocks.

This measure applies to all recreational fishers both on the shore and in boats, and means that recreational fishers may only keep 3 fish caught per day (minimum sizes apply).


 
13 April 2015,
IFCAs Enforcement

We are aware of concerns about a short term reduction in enforcement powers available to Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA) officers. The EU ‘control’ regulation ensures compliance with the rules of the CFP. It includes the use of vessel monitoring systems and electronic recording systems, as well as a range of other control requirements.

The MMO co-ordinates an enforcement programme, which involves monitoring, control and surveillance of sea fishing in British fishery limits around the coast of England and English vessels operating outside those waters.

The Marine Management Organisation and local IFCAs will continue to enforce the Common Fisheries Policy around our coastline. The usual level of enforcement (including enforcing IFCA byelaws etc) and spot checks is being maintained despite a short term reduction in enforcement powers available to Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA) officers to enforce certain EU legislation in the spring of 2015. The MMO is warranting a number of IFCA officers with relevant powers, so that they can continue to operate as normal, enforcing EU regulations relating to fisheries and marine conservation as well as their own byelaws.


13 February 2015,
Poole Harbour Several Order 2015 Public Consultation
Notice is hereby given The Southern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority has applied to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for an order under the Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) Act 1967 for a period of 30 years. The Several Fishery Order allows the grantees exclusive rights to cultivate and harvest shellfish of any kind.

During the period of 1 month from the date of the publication of this notice, a copy of the draft Order, Management Plan and map of the fishery will be deposited at the offices of the applicant, at the address given below or at www.southern-ifca.gov.uk and also with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Shellfish and Aquaculture Team, Area 8A, Millbank, 17 Smith Square, London SW1P 3JR.

Any objection or representation concerning the proposed Order should be made within 1 month of this date of notice. Any application should be made to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs at the above address. At the same time a copy should be sent the undersigned.

Southern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority, 64 Ashley Road, Parkstone, Poole, Dorset, BH14 9BN (or enquiries@southern-ifca.gov.uk).




9 February 2015,
Internships for 2015
Southern IFCA is offering an exciting opportunity for five volunteer internship placements during summer 2015. The successful applicants will lead the delivery of individual projects directly informing inshore fisheries management as part of the Authority’s ongoing duties. Please click here for details. For policy guidance for volunteers please click here. Closing date for applications is 27 February 2015.


20th January 2015,
Appointment of IFCA Members
The Marine Management Organisation is looking to appoint a number of members with marine experience to contribute to the work of the Southern IFCA influencing the management of inshore fisheries.

David Abbott, Head of Marine Compliance for the Marine Management Organisation, which is making the appointments, said: “This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced person in the inshore marine area to use their skills to influence decisions on how their local area is managed.

Members will contribute their knowledge and expertise to provide sustainable management of the inshore marine area of their IFCA district. Members guide the IFCA to deliver its mandate under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 and in line with Defra guidance. Members attend quarterly meetings and should expect to commit broadly 1 day per month to their IFCA.
The MMO actively encourages applications from individuals representing the economic, social and environmental needs of their IFCA district and who bring a variety of relevant interests including:
·       Fishing groups (commercial and non-commercial)
·       Environmental and Conservation groups
·       Other parties interested in the work of IFCAs.
The application form can be downloaded from the Hays Recruitment website at:
 http://www.hays.co.uk/jobs/ifca/index.htm

It can be returned to:
Email:  MMO@hays.com

Post: Hays Executive MMO Campaign, Ebury Gate Victoria 23 Lower Belgrave Street London SW1W 0NT
If an applicant does not have access to the internet, they can call the Hays Recruitment Team on: 020 7259 8743 who will post out an application pack.
If an applicant has any enquiries about the role or application process, they can call Hays on: 0207 259 8743 or email MMO@hays.com. Closing date for applications is noon on 2 February 2015.


17th January 2015,
Formal Byelaw Consultation - 17th January to 14th February
Southern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority intends to apply to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for the confirmation of the following byelaws:

New Byelaw - ‘Fishing for Cockles’
This byelaw replaces the SSFC ‘Cockles’ legacy byelaw and was made by the Authority on 11th December 2014. This byelaw will prohibit the fishing for cockles between 1st February and 30th April each year in all areas outside of Poole Harbour, will describe the methods by which cockles are permitted to be fished and will prohibit the removal of any cockle that passes through a square opening of 23.8mm. An impact assessment for this byelaw can be viewed here.

New Byelaw - ‘Poole Harbour Shellfish Hand Gathering’
This byelaw replaces the SSFC ‘Prohibiting on Use or Carrying a Shellfish Dredge, Scoop or Handrake in Certain Areas of Poole Harbour’ legacy byelaw and was made by the Authority on 11th December 2014.  The byelaw introduces spatial and temporal closures for shellfish hand gathering within Poole Harbour. An impact assessment for this byelaw can be viewed here.

Byelaw Revocation - ‘Carriage of Clams’
This SSFC legacy byelaw was introduced to support the Poole Harbour Fishery Order 1985.  The Authority intends to replace the Order with a permit byelaw, therefore making this byelaw redundant.

 
Any person wishing to object to the confirmation of the above byelaws must send a statement of objection in writing to: Marine Conservation and Enforcement Team, Marine Management Organisation, Lancaster House, Hampshire Court, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE4 7YH (or IFCAbyelaws@marinemanagement.org.uk) by 14th February 2015 and must send a copy of this statement to: The CEO, Southern IFCA, 64 Ashley Road, Poole, Dorset BH14 9BN (or enquiries@southern-ifca.gov.uk).



13th January 2015,
Public consultation on Review of Management Measures
The Southern IFCA believe that it is important that stakeholders have the opportunity to play a part in the future management of the fisheries in the District. To help us work together to deliver our duties and responsibilities we welcome your input to our Review of Management Measures public consultation throughout January 2015.

 
19th December 2014,
Public consultation on Review of Management Measures
Southern IFCA are seeking views of stakeholders including commercial and recreational users, to shape the way their fisheries are managed in the future. The questions we are asking are;
  • Whether you agree with key objectives and focus areas that have been identified?
  • What measures you think are necessary to fulfil our objectives for each of the focus areas identified?
  • Where can we work together with stakeholders to gather additional evidence are fulfil shared objectives?
  • How can we best involve the community in the management of the Southern IFCA District?
A series of public meetings are to be held in January 2015:
  • Weymouth Angling Society, DT4 8NF
           Monday 5th January, 15:00 to 19:00
  • The Thistle Hotel, Poole, BH15 1HD
          Tuesday 6th January, 10:00 to 18:00
  • Eastney Cruising Association, PO4 9LY
          Thursday 8th January, 15:00 to 19:00
  • Riverside Centre, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2QR
          Friday 9th January, 15:00 to 19:00
 
The consultation document can be viewed here.
For further information please contact the Southern IFCA office at enquiries@southern-ifca.gov.uk or on 01202 721373.


19th December 2014,
Poole Harbour Dredge Permit Byelaw Information Drop-In Day
The Southern IFCA are holding a drop-in day for all fishermen who are interested in learning more about the Access Policy for obtaining a permit under the Poole Harbour Dredge Permit Byelaw which will be introduced in July 2015.

The drop-in day will be held on Tuesday 6th January 2015 between 10:00 and 18:00 at:
 
Joliffe Room, Thistle Hotel
The Quay, Poole, BH15 1HD

We welcome you all to take this opportunity to find out more information about the new byelaw and the future of the wild shellfish fishery in Poole Harbour in 2015.

For further information please contact the Southern IFCA office at enquiries@southern-ifca.gov.uk or on 01202 721373.



21st November 2014,
Public consultation on proposed
Poole Harbour Shellfish Hand Gathering Byelaw

As a result of the anticipated expiry of the Poole Fishery Order on 30th June 2015, Southern IFCA is proposing to introduce a new byelaw to manage the hand gathering of shellfish within Poole Harbour. The Poole Harbour Shellfish Hand Gathering Byelaw, which is designed to introduce improved spatial and temporal protection for sensitive overwintering and nesting bird populations, will compliment proposed shellfish management measures in Poole Harbour whilst ensuring that important environmental features are protected.

We are running a public consultation on the proposed byelaw will run for 10 days until 17.00 on Monday 1st December 2014. Your feedback is of great value to Southern IFCA and will be used in the development of this byelaw.  

Please click here to see a copy of the consultation document
Please click here to see a copy of the byelaw and map
Please click here to leave feedback via the website contact us

The public consultation on the proposed byelaw has now closed.


15th October 2014,
Oyster Fishery 2014-2015
The Southern IFCA has issued a notification that pursuant to the regulation 'Temporary Closure of Shellfish Beds Byelaw' that Temporary Closure of the wider Solent oyster fishery for the 2014/15 season including Southampton Water and Temporary Closure of Langstone and Portsmouth Harbours oyster fishery from 15th November 2014 for the remaining 2014/15 season.

All other byelaws and spatial closures will still apply.

Please click here to view the notification


30th September 2014,
Poole Harbour Dredge Permit Byelaw
Southern IFCA is in the process of developing a new dredge permit byelaw for Poole Harbour. The byelaw will be accompanied by a permit with flexible conditions including temporal and spatial restrictions, restrictions on catch and gear restrictions.

An Access Policy describes how Poole Harbour Dredge Permits will be issued under this byelaw.

Southern IFCA has carried out an extensive period of informal consultation to inform the development of the byelaw, including an Impact Assessment. A period of 28 days formal consultation has also been undertaken.

The formal stage of consultation on the byelaw has now closed.
 

30th September 2014,
Annual Report 2013-2014

The Southern IFCA Annual Report for 2013 to 2014 is now available on our website.


5th August 2014,
New Website

Welcome to the new Southern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority Website.

Please take a look around to find out more about our District and the work that we do!




5th August 2014,
First Parliamentary Report on the work of IFCAs 2014
Under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009, every four years, the Secretary of State must prepare a report into the conduct and operation of IFCAs, which must be laid before Parliament. This first report will cover the period to the end of August 2014.

This is an opportunity for you as an individual or organisation to provide evidence to Defra to help them understand how the Southern IFCA has worked to meet its duties and/or demonstrate local leadership as a statutory regulator.  Contributions of evidence are invited to a series of open questions structured around the IFCA success criteria.

Please click here to find out more information and to provide evidence for the report
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