Net Fishing Byelaw
The byelaw introduces Net Prohibition Areas, Net Restriction Areas and Net Permit Areas. Net fishing is prohibited in Net Prohibition Areas. Net fishing within Net Restriction Areas is subject to seasonal and/or gear restrictions and net fishing within Net Permit Areas is managed by permitting named individuals and specific vessels under flexible permit conditions.
The byelaw requires that all nets used in the District be marked, provides a definition for a ring net and a method for use of a ring net and also introduces provisions related to using a net within a Bass Nursery Area.
To view the Net Fishing Byelaw please click here.
To view the Net Fishing Byelaw Infographic please click here.
To view the Net Fishing Byelaw Gear Marking Guidance please click here.
For information on Net Permits please visit the Net Fishing Permit page.
For details of supporting documents which underpin the Net Fishing Byelaw please visit the Net Fisheries page.
Minimum Conservation Reference Size Byelaw
A person must not take, retain on board, tranship, land, transport, store, sell, display or offer for sale from a fishery within the District, any fish or shellfish species specified in the schedules which measure less than the minimum conservation reference size specified in the schedule. Any such fish or shellfish must be returned to the sea immediately.
The Minimum Conservation Reference Sizes listed in the schedules of this Byelaw apply to all fishery participants , both recreational and commercial, and throughout the supply chain.
To view the MCRS Byelaw, click here. To read more about the MCRS Byelaw, please see our MCRS Byelaw FAQs here.
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.