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 SummaryPhase / StatusCurrent 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.

Further information

Informal consultation complete – Eastern IFCA to consider15th May 2019
Wash Emergency Byelaw – reviewConsidering a replacement for the Emergency Byelaw in The Wash

Further information

Informal consultation complete – Eastern IFCA to consider15th May 2019
Wash Fishery Order (WFO) 1992 Mussel Relaying FisheryConsultation with WFO Licence holders regarding a mussel seed relaying fishery within The WashConsultation complete – fishery to open 20th Mayn/a
Shrimp Permit Scheme developmentDevelopment 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 2019End June 2019
Crab and lobster sustainability measuresDevelopment of management measures for crab and lobster fisheries sustainabilityInformal consultation / To start during May / June 2019n/a
Whelk Permit Byelaw – reviewReview of the wording of the Whelk Permit Byelaw 2016 including the annual allocation of permit tagsInformal consultation / To start during May/June 2019Informal consultation / To start during May/June
New restricted areas (bottom-towed gear) in The Wash – circalittoral rockDevelopment of management to protect a sensitive habitat from impacts of fishing activity (bottom-towed-gear) – central WashEvaluation of evidence in progress / consultation pendingn/a
New restricted areas (bottom-towed gear) on Lincolnshire coast: Sabellaria reefDevelopment of management in the form of areas closed to bottom-towed gear. Likely to include an area inshore of windfarms off SkegnessEvaluation of evidence in progress / consultation pendingn/a
Humber eelgrass closures – reviewReview of the closure to bottom-towed gear and hand-work fishing activity on the south bank of the Humber EstuaryReview in progress / consultation pendingn/a
Wash Sabellaria reef closures – reviewReview of the closures in The Wash related to Sabellaria reef taking into account new evidence and conservation advice.Review in progress / consultation pendingn/a




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