Public consultation on new netting byelaw to visit Plymouth Fisheries

A public consultation event explaining more about plans for new byelaws governing inshore netting will be held at Plymouth Fisheries on August 17th.

Fishermen, anglers and interested members of the public can visit the exhibition trailer hosted by the Devon and Severn Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA) when it is parked at the fisheries complex on Fish Quay in Sutton Harbour from 4pm until 8pm, and chat to officers from the IFCA to find out more about the proposals and share their views.

The visit is one of a number of public consultations being held by the Devon and Severn IFCA to publicise the proposed netting permit byelaw, which is required to manage netting in estuaries and coastal areas throughout Devon, Somerset and Gloucestershire.

The byelaw will apply to both commercial fishermen and recreational or leisure netters.

Matt Mander, Deputy Chief Officer of the Devon and Severn IFCA, said: “The proposed byelaw will provide the authority with the ability to balance the needs of people netting with the requirements to secure a sustainable marine eco-system and local socio-economic environment for the benefit of all sea users. “

“Anyone using a net, other than of a type specified in the byelaw, to fish in the authority’s district will be required to do so in accordance with a permit issued by the authority. Under this permit byelaw, the authority has the ability to restrict the number of nets that can be used, where the nets can be used, and to introduce a daily catch limit.”

Public consultation events hosted by the Devon and Severn IFCA are taking place at venues across the region until September 22nd, including in North Devon, Exmouth, Teignmouth, Sidmouth, Salcome, Brixham and in Somerset.

On August 17th, the roadshow will be positioned in a prominent position at Plymouth Fisheries, the second largest fresh fish market in England.

Pete Bromley, Manager of Plymouth Fisheries, said: “As one of the region’s major fishing ports, we are pleased to host any events which serve to facilitate greater communication and co-operation between the catching sector and the regional inshore enforcement team, and we look forward to welcoming the IFCA roadshow on August 17th to help local fishermen and anglers find out more about this proposed new netting byelaw.” 

For more information or to obtain a full copy of the proposed byelaw from the Devon and Severen IFCA, email office@devonandsevernifca.gov.uk or call 01803 854648.

Anyone wishing to comment in support or to make an objection must do so in writing before September 22nd to: Marine Conservation and Enforcement Team, Marine Management Organisation, Lancaster House, Hampshire Court, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE4 7YH or email IFCAbyelaws@marinemanagement.org.uk

A copy must also be sent to: Chief Officer at Devon & Severn IFCA, Brixham Laboratory, Freshwater Quarry, Brixham, Devon TQ5 8BA or email office@devonandsevernifca.gov.uk