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03 March 2020,
Southern IFCA Volunteer Internship Placements 2020

Southern IFCA is offering an exciting opportunity for two volunteer internship placements during Summer 2020. The successful applicants will lead the delivery of individual projects directly informing inshore fisheries management as part of the Authority's ongoing duties.

The two projects identified are:

  • The Solent Oyster Stock Assessment
  • The Solent Bivalve Stock Assessment

Each internship placement 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 in Poole 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 individual project opportunities, together with the experience, knowledge and skills required can be found in the individual 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 view a copy of this Policy please click here.

Please click here to view the 2020 Volunteer Internship Placement Role Profiles

Applying for a Placement
To apply for a placement, applicants are required to submit the following:

  • a copy of their CV; and
  • 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 ‘2020 Internships’ by email ( or post (Unit 3, Holes Bay Park, Sterte Avenue West, Poole, Dorset, BH15 2AA) by 17:00 on Sunday 22nd March. Full information on the interview arrangements will be sent to those candidates who have been short listed.

October 2019
Solent Oyster Temporary Closure Notice 2019-20

Following consideration of the best available evidence, which indicates severe depletion of the native oyster beds in the Solent, a decision was made at the September meeting of the Authority to apply the Temporary Closure of Shellfish Beds Byelaw (‘Temporary Closure Byelaw’) to all native oyster beds in the Solent, Southampton Water and Portsmouth and Langstone Harbour for the forthcoming 2019/2020 season. Further details can be found here. 

July 2019
Southern IFCA Moving

Southern IFCA wil be moving premises the week of 15 July 2019. There may be some disruption to emails and telephones at times that week so please do try again later if you cannot get through to the person you need.  The new postal addess is Southern IFCA, Unit 3 Holes Bay Park, Sterte Avenue West, Poole, Dorset, BH15 2AA. Telephone and email details will not be changing. Hoping to be back up to normal duties by 19 July 2019. 

May 2019
Quarterly Newletter 1/2019
Please view the quarterly newsletter here

14 March 2019 ,
Scallop Dredger Caught in Lyme Bay Marine Protected Area

In a case heard in Weymouth Magistrates Court the Plymouth based scallop fishing dredger Cristal Waters FY34 was found to have used scallop dredges within the Lyme Bay Marine Protected Area, contrary to the Southern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA) Bottom Towed Fishing Gear Byelaw 2016.
Weymouth Magistrates heard that on the 5th July 2018 the Fishing Vessel Cristal Waters was intercepted by a Southern IFCA Fisheries Protection Vessel approximately 3 miles offshore from Burton Bradstock and consequently some 200m inside the protected area. Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Officers (IFCOs) observed the vessel to have scallop dredges over the side of the vessel which were full of scallops.
Southern IFCA is responsible for the management of fisheries off the coast of Hampshire Dorset and the Isle of Wight. The IFCA has a range of byelaws to protect fisheries and the marine environment and operates four patrols vessels in coastal waters.
Commenting on the case, Robert Clark, Chief Officer of Southern IFCA said “The Lyme Bay Marine Protected Area is designated for the protection of mud stone reefs for which it is considered to be one of the best areas in the United Kingdom. The protected mud stone reefs provide a habitat for species including sea fans, sponges and corals. These habitats in turn attract many fish and crustacea. Fishing is allowed in the marine protected area, as long as the activities are not damaging to the seabed or to nature conservation. Coastal fishing communities from Lyme Regis, West Bay and elsewhere rely upon this productive ecosystem for their livelihoods. Illegal fishing, which damages the reefs, threatens both the marine environment and these coastal fishing communities. Southern IFCA byelaws protect this important and fragile habitat.”
The master of the vessel Cristal Waters Matthew David Bull, 40 of Exmouth, in Devon failed to appear in Weymouth Magistrates Court on the 21st January 2019 to answer the charges and in his absence, he was sentenced with a fine of £3000, costs of £2192 and a victim surcharge of £170, making a total of £5362.


15 January 2019 ,
Public Consultation on the Solent Dredge Permit Byelaw 

Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 Section 155 and 156

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the above-named Regulation, 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:
Solent Dredge Permit Byelaw
This byelaw prohibits the use of a dredge by means of a vessel within the Solent unless authorised by a Category A or Category B permit. The permits are subject to specific conditions. The byelaw seeks to support the development of sustainable bivalve fisheries in the Solent.

Upon  implementation of this byelaw the Solent Dredge Byelaw will be revoked and the Scallop Dredge Byelaw will be amended.
A full text of the above-named Byelaw, supporting papers (Access Policy, Management Intentions Document and a Summary of Provisions guide) and associated assessments (HRAs (SACs & SPAs) and Impact Assessments) can be inspected at the links provided or obtained from the Southern IFCA, 64 Ashley Road, Poole, Dorset BH14 9BN.
Any person wishing to object to the confirmation of the above-named 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 and must send a copy of this statement to the CEO at Southern IFCA, 64 Ashley Road, Poole, Dorset BH14 9BN (or Objections must be received no later than the 28th February 2019.

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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