Minimum Sizes Byelaw 2019 now in force
Eastern IFCA, in conjunction with Northumberland, North Eastern and Kent & Essex IFCAs, have made a byelaw in relation to the minimum conservation reference size for certain marine organisms. The byelaw came into force on the 1st March 2021.
The byelaw is made in response to changes to European legislation which have come about as a result of Council Regulation (EU) 2019/1241 of the European parliament and to replace an emergency byelaw which had a similar effect.
The intended effect of the byelaw is to apply rules relating to minimum sizes of fish and shellfish to replicate the provisions of the original European legislation as far as possible. This includes the application of minimum size rules on recreational fishing and prohibitions on the transport, sale and storage of specified undersize marine organisms.
By working in partnership with neighbouring IFCAs we are maintaining the protective effect provided by the minimum size rules along the East Coast and the Eastern Channel.
The full wording of the byelaw, along with additional guidance can be found here.