3 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;
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
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
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
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
, supporting papers (
Management Intentions Document
Summary of Provisions
guide) and associated assessments ( HRAs (
) 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 IFCAbyelaws@marinemanagement.org.uk ) and must send a copy of this statement to the CEO at Southern IFCA, 64 Ashley Road, Poole, Dorset BH14 9BN (or email@example.com ).
Objections must be received no later than the 28
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
Further information on the review can be found in the
Southern IFCA Consultation Document for net fishing management for estuaries, harbours and piers in Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight
and in the
Supporting Evidence Document.
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
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
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
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:
Beds contained within Portsmouth Harbour.
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."
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
9 July 2018 - Viviers UK fined for undersized whelks
At Portsmouth Magistrates Court on the 2nd of July Viviers UK Ltd., owners of the registered fishing vessel P11 “Ask Me” and Mr Paul Lambert then master of the Portsmouth based boat were fined and ordered to pay costs of £8,666 for illegal fishing.
Lambert & Viviers UK entered guilty pleas and were both ordered to pay a fine of £2,500, costs of £1,663 each and a victim surcharge of £170.
The court heard that Lambert had been issued with two very recent verbal warnings prior to him committing the offence. The bench considered Portsmouth based Viviers UK prior convictions for illegal fishing.
Southern IFCA presented evidence that the minimum landing size for whelks is a key measure to protect stocks. Whelks are slow growing whelk and consequently vulnerable to over exploitation.
Commenting on the case for Southern IFCA a spokesperson said “Illegal fishing threatens for the sustainability of the stock in the Solent. Legitimate fishermen are losing out because of the actions of those who not take adequate measures to ensure that they land only mature shellfish”.
2 June 2018 - Wareham Channel - Seasonal Upgrade
Poole Council Environmental Health have issued a notice to fishermen of a change in Food Standards Agency classification of Wareham Channel. Please see the letter
24 May 2018 - Inshore Potting Review - Call for Information
Southern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA) is starting a review of the existing management arrangements for potting fisheries within the Southern IFCA district. To begin this process we are seeking the fishing communities views on current pot fisheries for whelks, cuttlefish and crab and lobster.
Fishing with pots for shellfish is really important to coastal communities in Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight and for some species represents an inshore fishing activity which has been carried out for generations. In order to support these coastal communities and the future sustainability of fishing, Southern IFCA has begun a process to review the management arrangements for these inshore pot fisheries. We are at the start of this process and want to hear your views from the outset.
As a guide, we are asking stakeholders to consider a response to the following questions:
1. Do you currently fish for pots in the Southern IFCA district? If yes, please specify area fished and target species.
2. What are your views on the current inshore pot fisheries in your local area?
3. What improvements would you like to see in these fisheries? If any?
4. How do you think these improvements could be achieved?
5. Please provide any more information you think would be helpful.
To begin this process, we have written to all fishermen who hold a Southern IFCA permit and indicate they go potting and have also been in contact with local fishermen’s associations.
Please click here to see a copy of the letter sent to fishermen.
We are asking for responses in writing, either by email or letter, on or before
29th June 2018
. Prior to this date, we encourage stakeholders to discuss views and opinions with Southern IFCA officers and are happy to arrange meetings with officers.
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In writing: Southern IFCA, 64 Ashley Road, Parkstone, Poole, Dorset, BH14 9BN
The information received during this process will be used to consider what, if any, further measures may be taken to support local fisheries. If further measures are identified we will conduct a period of informal consultation during late 2018.
At the end of this ‘call for information’ we will summarise the responses received and place this summary on our website at
Copies of responses will be made available to the public on request. If you do not want your response, including your name, contact details and any other personal information, to be made available publicly, please so say clearly in writing when you send your response to the consultation. Please explain why you need to keep details confidential. We will take your reasons into account if someone asks for this information under the freedom of information legislation. Because of these laws, we cannot promise that we will always be able to keep these details confidential.
We looking forward to hearing from you.
12 February 2018 - Internship Projects
Southern IFCA is offering an exciting opportunity for three volunteer internship placements during Summer 2018. The successful applicants will lead the delivery of individual projects directly informing inshore fisheries management as part of the Authority's ongoing duties.
Internships 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 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.
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 apply for the placements applicants should send a copy of their CV together with 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 '2018 Internships' by email (
) or post by 12 noon on Monday 5th March 2018. Full information on the interview arrangements will be sent to those candidates who have been short listed.
1 February 2018 - Guidance on Bass Fishing
The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has published guidance on bass fishing in 2018 for fishermen in England. This follows publication of
Council Regulation 2018/120
within the Official Journal of the European Union.
The European Commission has determined that bass stocks remain under pressure despite the measures taken in previous years. It has placed further restrictions on the commercial and recrational fishing sectors in order to address this. The regulations apply to all vessels.
Please click here for the Guidance on 2018 Bass Fishing
20 November 2017 - Important Information on New Fishing Byelaws - Please Read
has been introduced for methods of bottom towed fishing gear within the coastal waters of Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight following the confirmation of two new Southern IFCA byelaws by the Secretary of State.
In order to further the conservation objectives of the District's marine protected areas and to enhance the environmental, socio-economic and fisheries sustainability of the Southern IFC District, Southern IFCA has introduced two new byelaws:
Solent Dredge Fishing Byelaw
prohibits the use of fishing dredges within all areas of Portsmouth Harbour, Langstone Harbour and Southampton Water between 1st March and 31st October inclusive each year and between 17.00 and 07.00 hours each day. During these closed periods a person must not retain on board a vessel, or store or transport a dredge by means of a vessel unless all parts of the dredge are inboard and above the sea.
In addition to existing spatial closures, the
Bottom Towed Fishing Gear Byelaw 2016
introduces new closure areas for all methods of bottom towed gear fishing within parts of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Solent, Langstone Harbour, Portsmouth Harbour, Southampton Water, Poole Bay and Lyme Bay. Whilst transiting through any of these areas all parts of bottom towed fishing gear must be inboard and above the sea. Detailed maps of the closed areas can be
All fishers who plan to use bottom towed fishing gear within the Southern IFC District should be familiar with these new regulations. Southern IFCA officers will be working with the community throughout the District to ensure fishers are familiar with these new regulations and additional patrols will be organised to monitor compliance.
Both byelaws are now in place and the measures will be enforced by Southern IFCA.
Full copies of both byelaws, together with associated documents can be found on the Southern IFCA website (www.southern-ifca.gov.uk). If you would like any further information please call Southern IFCA on 01202 721373 or email email@example.com.
02 August 2017 - Wrasse Fishery Guidance
Southern IFCA has a duty to manage the exploitation of sea fisheries resources in the coastal waters of Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to ensure a sustainable marine environment and inshore fisheries, by successfully securing the right balance between social, environmental and economic benefits to ensure healthy seas, sustainable fisheries and a viable industry.
Over the past two years a new fishery for live wrasse has developed on the South coast of England. Fish are transported to Scottish salmon farms to be used as cleaner fish for the removal of sea-lice as a biological alternative to the use of anti-parasitic chemical treatments.
Southern IFCA has, in collaboration with other South-west IFCAs, developed a co-ordinated management response to the developing live wrasse fishery through identifying a range of important management measures and research priorities. At an Authority meeting on 29
June, Southern IFCA Committee Members chose to adopt new management for the district’s fishery for live wrasse. These measures require fishers to observe a range of measures designed to preserve the long term sustainability of the local wrasse populations.
A range of species specific maximum and minimum sizes have been developed in order to maintain recruitment into the fishery through aligning minimum sizes above the size of sexual maturity. The maximum size will serve to maintain a balanced population structure through protecting the larger established family groups from capture. Maximum sizes are particularly effective at protecting the longer-lived and larger growing wrasse species which employ a hermaphrodite reproductive strategy.
No take zones are believed to afford effective and long-term protection for species with high site fidelity and small home ranges/territories, like those exhibited by local wrasse species (Morel et al., 2013). A series of no take zones and no potting zones have been developed within the Southern IFCA district, in many cases overlapping with the boundaries of Marine Protected Areas. In addition, popular sites for recreational sea fishing have been included as no take zones in order to reduce conflict between users and to ease the pressure on wrasse populations in these areas.
A fishing closed season from April to June (inclusive) has also been introduced to protect wrasse populations during their peak spawning period. Additional measures include a restriction on the placing of wrasse pots to waters less than 10m deep to protect the survivability of catches together with a restriction of 80 pots per vessel in order to restrict fishing effort.
In collaboration with a range of partners including Natural England and industry operators, Southern IFCA has commenced a programme of study to improve our understanding of the fishery and its effects on the marine environment. Research techniques include the collection of fishery catch data, catch sampling and the development of a PhD.
In developing this approach the Authority has demonstrated its commitment to delivering an evidence-led approach to managing a sustainable fishery for live wrasse in the district. Through our ongoing compliance and enforcement strategy and in collaboration with colleagues in the Marine Management Organisation and CEFAS, we will continue to monitor the success of these measures.
Please click here to view the
Wrasse Fishery Guidance
20 June 2017 - Two Portsmouth Fishermen Found Guilty for Obstructing Fisheries Officers
Two Portsmouth Fishermen, fishing in Southampton Water, have been found guilty of obstructing Fisheries Officers and ordered to pay fines and costs.
The case was brought by the Southern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA).
Appearing before the Southampton Magistrates Court on the 5th June 2017, Mr Kevin Smith, 53, and Mr Aston Stallard, 24, both from the Portsmouth area, were found guilty of obstructing Fisheries Officers, contrary to the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009.
At the trial, the Magistrates heard that on 30th August 2016, in the Ashlett Creek area of Southampton Water, Mr Smith positioned his fishing vessel, Phantom P300, so as to obstruct Fisheries Officers and how his crewmember Mr Stallard discarded the vessels catch over the side of the vessel before it could be inspected.
Fisheries Officers of the Southern IFCA regularly patrol Southampton Water and the Solent to ensure that closed areas are protected and that fishermen adhere to the minimum sizes of fish and shellfish. The obstruction of Fisheries Officers and failure to comply with their requests is an offence.
Commenting on the case, IFCA Deputy Chief Officer, Neil Richardson said, "Minimum size legislation is an essential management tool to ensure that there is enough stock left on the grounds to support the fishery and the fishermen in the region who rely on them. Southern IFCA is committed to protecting the fishery to ensure healthy seas, sustainable fisheries and a viable industry. This type of illegal activity and the behaviour of these individuals will not be tolerated and we will pursue such matters robustly through court".
Robert Clark, Chief Officer for Southern IFCA, said, "the protection of the future stocks is in everyone's interest. We aim to ensure that the actions of a few individuals do not jeopardise sustainable fisheries and the communitites they support".
Mr Kevin Smith was ordered to pay fines and costs totalling £5,195 and Mr Aston Stallard was ordered to pay fines and costs totalling £5,195.
Any information relating to illegal fishing activity can be reported to the Authority in confidence on 01202 721373.
May 2017 - Reporting Suspicious Activity
Southern IFCA (SIFCA) utilises a risk based approach to prioritise its compliance and enforcement activities and intelligence that is collated from a variety of sources that reflect current issues ‘on the ground’ that together maximise the efficient use of resources and help to reduce crime.
As the additional ‘eyes and ears’ of law enforcement, you can report suspected illegal fishing activity within the District by contacting SIFCA on 01202 721373 or by sending an email to
Our Fisheries Officers will be pleased to assist with clarification of the rules and follow up on reports of suspicious activity.
Details of the local rules and regulations can be found on our website
Other national regulations also apply, for example, the current bass nursery area legislation that can be found here
Fishing rules are often complicated and this reflects the differing management needs of the areas to which they apply. For example some forms of netting traditionally take place close to the shore and are perfectly legitimate.
Although we encourage the reporting of illegal activity, members of the public ashore (or in boats) in the interest of safety should not put themselves or others at risk or harass commercial fishermen engaged in fishing and if in doubt give us a call for clarification.