The Solent Dredge Permit Byelaw has been ratified by the Secretary of State and will be coming into force on 1st November 2021. This byelaw will replace the Solent Dredge Fishing Byelaw 2016 and will prohibit the use of a dredge by means of a vessel within the Solent unless authorised by a permit.
There are two permit categories;
- a Category A Permit for fishing for bivalves (except native oysters) and;
- a Category B Permit to fish for native oysters.
At this time, the application window is open for the Category A Permit ONLY.
The application period will run from 1st May 2021 and close on 30th September 2021.
In the first year of the byelaw an applicant must meet certain ‘track record’ criteria which can be found in the SDPB Access Policy.
Application for a Permit can be completed via email or postal submission to the Southern IFCA (see Contact Us), please find links for the forms below:
A HELP document is available which provides details on the permit categories, permit conditions, permit fees, eligibility criteria, how you can apply and some frequently asked questions. Click here for the SDPB What You Need to Know 2021/2022 help sheet.
The Solent Dredge Permit Byelaw includes the ability to vary certain permit conditions. Further clarity on the intention and process behind such management decisions the Authority may take has been included in the 'Management Intentions Document'.