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Apply for a Whelk Permit

If you are a commercial fisher, looking to catch whelks which you will sell, please click here to download an application form.

If you are a recreational fisher, looking to catch whelks for personal consumption, please click here to download an application form.

Once completed, please send the application form onto Eastern IFCA along with the associated fee.

  • Is there an associated fee?

For a commercial whelk fishing permit, the required fee is £0.50 per pot and a minimum fee of £50.

For a recreational whelk fishing endorsement, the required fee is £5 per pot.

  • Are there any permit conditions?

Yes – please click here to see more information on whelk permits.


Apply for Exemption from our byelaws

If you wish to conduct an activity which is prohibited by an Eastern IFCA byelaw (for example a scientific survey or stocking a shellfish aquaculture area) you will need to apply for an exemption.

To apply please complete an application which can be found at the link below. Eastern IFCA will consider your request taking into account potential damage to the environment and fisheries sustainability. It may take up to 28 working days to process your application. In addition, if the proposed activity is planned to take place in a Marine protected Area, advice will be required from Natural England which may increase the time taken to process your application to 56 working days.

Apply for an Exemption

Guidance on Exemption Requests


WFO Shellfish Movement Form


Apply for a Regulated Fishery licence under the Wash Fishery Order 1992

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