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5 Nov 2018 ,
Southern IFCA Net Fishing Review - Stakeholder Drop-in Sessions

Southern iFCA is undertaking a review of net fishing management arrangements for estuary, harbour and pier areas in the District. As part of this review the Authority is 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.

Open access stakeholder drop-in sessions provide an opportunity to learn more about our proposed measures and the review process. Southern IFCA Officers will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about the review and recieve your feedback. Meetings will be held on the following dates:


Thursday 15th November - Yarmouth - Yarmouth Sailing Club, PO41 0NL - 15:00 to 19:00
Tuesday 20th November -  Portsmouth - Eastney Cruising Association, PO4 9LY - 15:00 to 19:00
Wednesday 21st November - Poole - North Haven Yacht Club, BH13 7QB - 15:00 to 19:00  
Tuesday 27th November - Bridport - The Salthouse, DT6 4HB - 15:00 to 19:00
Wednesday 28th November - Bembridge - Bembridge Angling Club, PO33 1XJ - 15:00 to 19:00

12 Oct 2018 ,
Solent Oyster Fishery 2018/19- Important Information

So as to aid the recovery of oyster beds the Temporary Closure of Shellfish Beds byelaw has the effect to close the oyster beds in the Solent, Southampton Water and Langstone Harbour. The byelaw shall not be applied to Portsmouth Harbour and Ryde Middle Bank. The decision to apply this byelaw, temporarily, to the Solent is because there is evidence of severe depletion of the shellfish beds in that area. The byelaw is temporary, it is the intention of the Authority to continue to work with industry and other partners to rebuild oyster stocks and develop the fishery for the future. Please click here for more information.

11 Oct 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 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

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

4 Oct 2018,
DEFRA Consultation - Inshore Vessel Monitoring Systems

Defra are holding a consultation seeking views on introducing I-VMS for all UK licenced fishing boats under 12 metres that are fishing in English waters. This consultation is being held at   This consultation closes at 5pm on 14 November 2018.

Oct 2018,
Solent Oyster Season

On the 27th September Members of the Southern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority approved the application of the ‘Temporary Closure of Shellfish Beds Byelaw’ to all oyster beds in the Solent from the 1st November 2018 until the 28th February 2019, based on best available evidence, with the exception of the following beds:
·         Ryde Middle
·         Beds contained within Portsmouth Harbour.
The map shows the area of Ryde Middle which will be open to fish for oysters from the 1st November 2018. Ryde Middle shall be defined as the area enclosed by a series of straight lines drawn:
From 50° 45.696’N 001° 11.52W;
To 50° 46.188’N 001° 16.146W;
To 50° 46.998’N 001° 16.146W;
To 50° 46.506’N 001° 11.52W.
All other applicable Southern IFCA byelaws will still apply
Further details regarding this decision can be found by contacting the Southern IFCA office via email ( ) or on 01202721373.
For information concerning Shellfish Classifications please contact your Local Environmental Health Officer.
For more information on the management of these fisheries please see Fisheries Management Plans

9 July 2018 ,
Local Fisheries Managers given 'Best Innovator' Award by Marine Stewardship Council

Southern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority, has been given the "best innovator" award at the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)'s 2018 awards night.
Southern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA) was awarded "best innovator" for its efforts in "leading and championing a sustainable marine environment and inshore fisheries".
 MSC has worked with Southern IFCA for a long time and has witnessed great commitment towards sustainability, it said. At the awards, MSC commended the IFCA’s partnership with Poole & District Fisherman’s Association to ensure good management of their fisheries, and the certification of Poole Harbour cockles and clams this year. 
The IFCA was also commended for following through on "Project Inshore" using the MSC standard for sustainable fishing, by assessing what was needed to manage the inshore fishery and impact on sensitive inshore habitats.
The recommendations were put in place by Southern IFCA and the fishing industry "through hard work and innovation over the last few years, and the improvements were commended at the MSC awards". 
Southern IFCA took a novel approach to eradicate illegal fishing from their fishery, mainly to do with innovative policy, but even extending to low profile patrol boats to get under bridges. The decision to grant an MSC certificate to the Poole Harbour clam and cockle fishery is a vote of confidence in the fishery, the certification group said.
Rob Clark, chief officer for Southern IFCA, said: "It’s an absolute honour to accept this award on behalf of the Southern IFCA. The development of management which has led to the turnaround and transformation of the fishery is as a consequence of the hard work of many people and organisations who worked together to achieve a sustainable fishery. This award reflects the brilliant work of all those involved, in particular, the fishermen and their leaders, who recognized the benefits of working together to deliver improvements."   
Other winners included:

J Sainsbury, supermarket of the year
Waitrose, fish counter of the year
Lidl, mid-size store retailer of the year
John West, canned brand of the year
Birds Eye, frozen brand of the year
Sainsbury's, for UK marketing campaign of the year
New England Seafood International?, retail supplier of the year
Café Rouge, MSC?UK menu of the year
Mitch Tonks, chef of the year
Brakes, foodservice wholesaler of the year
M&J Seafood, fresh foodservice wholesaler of the year
University of Nottingham, MSC university of the?year
The Reel Fish Co, newcomer of the year

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