Wash Cockle and Mussel Byelaw 2021: informal consultation

Eastern IFCA are consulting with fishermen in The Wash bivalve fisheries as part of the work to replace the Wash Fishery Order (WFO) 1992 when it expires in January 2023.

The WFO1992 is the current mechanism which manages the mussel, cockle, clams, scallops and queens fisheries within The Wash estuary embayment. The WFO1992 consists of public and private fisheries managed by a Hybrid Order: a Regulating Order and a Several Order.

At the Eastern IFCA meeting in March 2020, the Authority agreed that the WFO1992 Regulating Order will be replaced with a permit byelaw when it expires in 2023. The Several Order fishery (private lays) under the WFO1992, which grants exclusive fishing rights to individuals for purpose of aquaculture, will continue to be managed by a Several Order – the replacement of the several order is subject to separate consultation.

We invite stakeholders to consider the proposed provisions of the byelaw and let us have your thoughts so that they can be considered when finalising the draft byelaw that will be presented at the 43rd Eastern IFCA meeting on 10th March 2021.

Read a summary of the proposed provisions of the byelaw here.

The deadline for responses to this consultation is midday on 23rd February 2021.

Making your comments

Please provide written responses to: mail@eastern-ifca.gov.uk; or Eastern IFCA, Unit 6 North Lynn Business Village, King’s Lynn, PE30 2JG.

The information you provide will be processed in accordance with our privacy notice found here.

Your questions about the consultation

The office is closed because of the COVID-19 crisis, but officers remain at work based at home. Should you need to contact us please use the mobile number or email provided below:

Phone: (during office hours) 07385 769305

Email: mail@eastern-ifca.gov.uk

What happens after the consultation closes?

After the consultation deadline when we have received all the questionnaires and written responses, the results will inform the draft byelaw that will be presented at the 43rd Eastern IFCA meeting on 10th March 2021.

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