Eastern IFCA management measures – Consultation tracker
Opportunities to input to Eastern IFCA management measures development
Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authorities have a shared vision for healthy seas, sustainable fisheries and a viable industry. In delivering this vision for the eastern district, Eastern IFCA is considering and developing management measures in relation to a range of different fisheries and drivers. Dialogue with stakeholders is crucial to this work. Information is gathered to ensure that measures are as effective as possible and so that impacts and benefits are fully explored and understood. Feedback from all stakeholders is appreciated and valued.
Below is an overview of work Eastern IFCA is currently undertaking or planning for the near future. We are sharing this programme to keep stakeholders informed and to encourage engagement with Eastern IFCA on these matters. The tracker includes links to more information, including how to participate when live. Eastern IFCA will update this page on a regular basis.
Please note – this is a live tracker and is subject to change.
|Work stream||Summary||Phase / Status||Current phase ending|
|New restricted areas (bottom-towed gear) off the north and east Norfolk coast:|
· Chalk reef
· Sabellaria reef
|Development of management in the form of areas closed to bottom-towed gear. Includes a closure between Weybourne and Happisburgh and three smaller closures off the east Norfolk coast.||Informal consultation complete – Eastern IFCA to consider||15th May 2019|
|Wash Emergency Byelaw – review||Considering a replacement for the Emergency Byelaw in The Wash||Informal consultation complete – Eastern IFCA to consider||15th May 2019|
|Wash Fishery Order (WFO) 1992 Mussel Relaying Fishery||Consultation with WFO Licence holders regarding a mussel seed relaying fishery within The Wash||Consultation complete – fishery to open 20th May||n/a|
|Shrimp Permit Scheme development||Development of a permit scheme to limit effort within The Wash and North Norfolk Coast (mitigation to enable the shrimp fishery to operate within this marine protected area)||Informal consultation / To start May 2019||End June 2019|
|Crab and lobster sustainability measures||Development of management measures for crab and lobster fisheries sustainability||Informal consultation / To start during May / June 2019||n/a|
|Whelk Permit Byelaw – review||Review of the wording of the Whelk Permit Byelaw 2016 including the annual allocation of permit tags||Informal consultation / To start during May/June 2019||Informal consultation / To start during May/June|
|New restricted areas (bottom-towed gear) in The Wash – circalittoral rock||Development of management to protect a sensitive habitat from impacts of fishing activity (bottom-towed-gear) – central Wash||Evaluation of evidence in progress / consultation pending||n/a|
|New restricted areas (bottom-towed gear) on Lincolnshire coast: Sabellaria reef||Development of management in the form of areas closed to bottom-towed gear. Likely to include an area inshore of windfarms off Skegness||Evaluation of evidence in progress / consultation pending||n/a|
|Humber eelgrass closures – review||Review of the closure to bottom-towed gear and hand-work fishing activity on the south bank of the Humber Estuary||Review in progress / consultation pending||n/a|
|Wash Sabellaria reef closures – review||Review of the closures in The Wash related to Sabellaria reef taking into account new evidence and conservation advice.||Review in progress / consultation pending||n/a|