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Pot & Trap fishing

The following Southern IFCA Byelaws and Codes of Practice apply to fishers who use pots and traps, such as whelk pots, cuttlefish traps, or crab and lobster pots, to fish in the Southern IFCA district. In addition to Southern IFCA regulations, potting is also subject to a number of other pieces of legislation as detailed below.

Southern IFCA Codes of Practice

Southern IFCA Codes of Practice

Cuttlefish Traps Code of Practice

The Cuttlefish Traps CoP outlines a few points that should be adhered to by fishers carrying out cuttlefish trapping activities in the Southern IFCA district, in order to ensure that cuttlefish eggs can grow and hatch. View the full details here.

Wrasse Code of Practice

In order to maintain a sustainable population of wrasse, a number of voluntary measures should be followed by any person commercially fishing for wrasse. These include no take zones, minimum and maximum conservation reference sizes, closed seasons and fishing effort guidance. See the Wrasse Code of Practice 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. View full byelaw here.

Vessels Used in Fishing

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

Poole Harbour – Prawns Close Season Byelaw

No person shall fish for any prawns (or remove from the fishery) in Poole Harbour from 1st January – 31st July. View full byelaw here.

Prohibition of Berried Lobsters

No person shall remove from the fishery any berried (egg-bearing) lobsters. View full byelaw 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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