Temporary Closure of Shellfish Fisheries 2022: Wash Restricted Area
The Authority has closed to all shellfish fisheries the area covering the Wash Restricted Area (i.e. the area between the Wash Fishery Order 1992 and the Le Strange Estate Fishery) using Byelaw 8: Temporary Closure of Shellfish Fisheries.
The closure is in place until the 27th January 2023, or until the Wash Restricted Area Byelaw 2019 is implemented, when it will be managed alongside the WFO1992 fisheries.
The closure has been put in place because the Wash Emergency Byelaw, which previously closed the area to fishing without a permit, expired prior to the implementation of its permanent replacement, the Wash Restricted Area Byelaw 2019. A temporary closure was introduced during 2020 using Byelaw 8 in order to protect the site whilst the replacement byelaw was implemented. It was intended that the replacement byelaw would have been in place during 2020, however, unexpected delays mean that more time is required.
For a chart and coordinates of the closed area please click here