The Transition: Overview
We have developed a plan to ensure a smooth transition from the Wash Fishery order 1992 to the new management regime. A summary of the transition is available below. The key elements of the transition are summarised below:
- Phase 1 permit applications – current licence holders can apply in this phase to be eligible for a permit to replace their current licence / Entitlement. Decisions on applications will be made by the Wash Fisheries Sub-Committee in the New Year. Applications under Phase 1 will need to meet certain evidence requirements relating to vessel ownership.
- Phase 2 permit applications – phase 2 is open to all to apply for eligibility for any remining permits. These will be allocated through a points-based system.
- Valid WFO Licences – any Licences already issued under the WFO will be valid and provide access until they naturally expire (usually 12 months after being granted). We intend to undertake phases 1 and 2 above in relation to these licences to ensure that when they do expire, there will be no disruption to fishing activity.
Wash Temporary Closure
Following the consultation launched on 11 November 2022, and our update on 8 December 2022, the area previously managed under the Wash Fishery Order 1992 and the Wash Restricted Area Byelaw shall be closed under Byelaw 8 (Temporary Closure of Shellfish Fisheries) from 4 January 2023 until 3 January 2024. Please see below for a full chart of the closed area.
Active licence holders and lay holders have been granted exemptions from this closure. Entitlement holders under the Wash Fishery Order 1992 without active licences may also contact the office for exemptions.
This is being done to bridge the gap between the expiry of the WFO and the new regulation coming into effect, to ensure that the fishing industry is able to continue with business as usual.
An infographic summarising the transition is available here: Transition Summary
The evidence requirements under Phase 1 relating to vessel ownership are summarised in this infographic: Vessel Ownership Requirements