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.
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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.