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Diving

The following regulations apply to diving fishing methods in the Southern IFCA District:

Byelaws

Byelaws

Vessels Used in Fishing for Sale

No person may use a vessel (other than an open/undecked vessel navigated by oars) to take fish for the purpose of sale, unless they have registered the vessel with the Committee within the previous 24 months. See more details here.

Vessels Used in Fishing

No person may use a vessel which exceeds 12m in length for fishing. Exceptions apply; view the byelaw here.

Prohibition of Gathering (Sea Fisheries Resources) in Seagrass Beds Byelaw

No person shall dig for or take sea fisheries resources from any prohibited area. Some gear types are exempt from this prohibition. View the full byelaw here.

Poole Harbour Shellfish Hand Gathering

From the 1st November to 31st March inclusive, a person must not take from a fishery, shellfish of any kind by hand gathering or with the use of a hand tool, in the defined areas within Poole Harbour. View the byelaw here and maps of the closed areas here.

Periwinkles Byelaw

No person shall take from a fishery any periwinkles between the 15 th May and 15 th September inclusive. No person shall take periwinkles except by hand picking. View the details here .

Oysters Close Season Byelaw

No person shall take oysters from a fishery from 1st March to 31st October in any year, both days inclusive. Oyster cultivation exceptions apply; see full details here.

Temporary Closure of Shellfish Beds Byelaw

Where any shellfish bed is depleted and requires closure to recover, the Committee may establish a temporary shellfish bed closure, wherein no person may take shellfish from the defined shellfish bed. View the details here .

Fishing for Cockles

A person must not take from a fishery a cockle between 1st February and 30th April inclusive. A person must not remove a cockle from a fishery, unless complying with the gear restrictions and minimum size requirements. See the full byelaw here .

Fishing for Oysters, Mussels and Clams Byelaw

Oysters, Mussels and Clams may only be fished for by handpicking or dredging. View the details here .

Scallop Fishing Byelaw

No person may fish for or take any scallop from a fishery before 0700 and after 1900 local time. View the details here .

Electric Current Byelaw

No person shall take or kill any sea fish by the discharge of electric current. See details here

American Hard Shelled Clams – Minimum Size

No person shall remove from a fishery any American Hard-Shelled Clams that measure less than 63mm across the longest part of the shell. View the details here.

Oysters

No person shall remove an oyster that will pass through a circular ring of 70mm diameter or any cultch for young Oysters to grow on. View further details of the byelaw here.

Mussels

No person shall remove from a fishery a mussel measuring less than 50mm in length. Mussel cultivation exceptions apply with permission from Southern IFCA. View the details here

Redeposit of Shellfish

Any person who takes shellfish from a fishery within the Southern IFCA district where the removal or possession of it is prohibited, should return the shellfish to the fishery, as near as possible to the place it was taken. View the details here .

Council Regulation (EU) 2019/1241

Council Regulation (EU) 2019/1241

Article 13 of  Council Regulation (EU) 2019/1241 details the Minimum Conservation Reference Sizes (MCRS) that apply to a number of species. A full list of species subject to Minimum Conservation References Sizes under Southern IFCA regulations and/or Council Regulation (EU) 2019/1241 can be found on our  Southern IFCA Wheelhouse Card. 

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