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National prohibition of landing berried (egg bearing) lobster and crawfish. Defra have introduced a national prohibition on landing berried (egg bearing) lobster and crawfish for UK registered fishing vessels. The prohibition came into force on the 1st October 2017and will apply to English waters and ports. A summary of this new legislation provided by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) and a copy of the new Statutory Instrument (SI) can be accessed by clicking on the following links. MMO Summary SI 

Defra publish consultation.  Defra have published a consultation seeking views on a proposed ban on landing egg-bearing (berried) lobsters and crawfish in England.  The questionaire can be found at The consultation will close on 15th May 2017. Defra would particularly like to hear from fishing vessel owners and fishing licence/ shellfish entitlement holders.

Draft Non-Commercial Potting Permit Byelaw. A second version of the draft byelaw is now being considered by the MMO before opening it up to consultaiotn with the local hobby fishermen. Version 2 of the draft byelaw may be seen here - Revised draft byelaw The accompanying Impact Assessment remains as first written and the link may be accessed below under the heading Hobby gear IA.pdf.

No change to permit. Members of the IFCA discussed the possibility of adding a requirement to have an Inshore Vessel Monitoring System (iVMS) to the permit allowing a small otter trawler to operate inside two small areas of the European Marine Site where it was considered there is no danger of damage to protected species. However, members agreed that it was not necessary at the present time particularly as the IFCA officers could track the vessel using AIS. The option remains on the permit and will be subject to review in the future.

Draft Non-Commercial Potting Permit Byelaw - the members of the IFCA agreed at the meeting held on 2nd June 2016 to continue the process of making a new byelaw to manage marking gear by hobby potters. The purpose of the byelaw is to ensure that all potting gear used by unlicensed, or hobby fishermen, is properly marked. This will be managed by issuing permits and tags with unique numbers for each applicant, It gives the authority to IFCA officers to seize gear that is not approriately marked without a valid permit. The first version of the draft byelaw may be seen here -
Draft Non Commercial Potting Permit Byelaw.pdf - and the accompanying Impact Assessment may be seen here - Hobby gear IA.pdf The next stage is to conduct consultation with the non-0commercial fishermen in the islands before proceeding with advertising.

Possible New Management of Unlicensed Fishermen. Following a three-year campaign to introduce a working solution through a voluntary code of practice, or 'gentlemen's agreement,' the members of the IFCA, on hearing that the Fisheries Officer had identified 196 unmarked buoys around the islands resolved to incorporate regulation into the new proposed Crustacea Byelaw. The Maritime Officer had organised several meetings and produced a Hobby Fishermen's Information Leaflet in the last three years, and although many of the unlicensed fishermen were following the code of practice there was a large number who were not. The section within the byelaw on a limited shellfish permit for hobby fishermen will include restrictions on the number of pots, marking gear, the number of shellfish allowed to be caught on any calendar day and a prohibition on store pots. A permit scheme may be introduced whereby unlicensed fishermen are given a number of plastic tags that must be attached to their gear. The proposed byelaw will be developed in the winter of 2014/15 and may be in place before the 2015 fishing season.

Hobby Fishermen's Information Leaflet. The IFCA has produced an information leaflet for unlicensed or hobby fishermen following concerns over the numbers of unmarked pots and floating rope. The leaflet may be found here: Hobby Fishermen's Information Leaflet
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