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Net Fishing Byelaw – Formal Consultation

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to sections 155 and 156 of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009, 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:

Net Fishing Byelaw

The byelaw manages fishing with nets in the Southern IFC District through the introduction of Net Prohibition Areas, Net Restriction Areas and Net Permit Areas. The byelaw also requires all fishers in the District to mark their nets at each end using a marker buoy that clearly identifies the vessel using that net.

The above byelaw and associated documents can be viewed here:

Net Fishing Byelaw

Supporting Documentation:

Net Fishing Byelaw Impact Assessment

Net Fishing Byelaw Process, Tools and Intentions Policy Paper

Net Permit Monitoring and Control Plan

Site-Specific Evidence Packages

Net Fishing Byelaw Literature Review

Net Fishing Conservation Package

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, Unit 3, Holes Bay Park, Sterte Avenue West, Poole, Dorset BH15 2AA (or

Responses must be received no later than the 4th February 2022.

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