Wash Fishery Order 1992 (WFO) transition: Phase 2

Phase 2 of the WFO transition is now open to applications. The deadline for applications is midday on Monday 6 March 2023.



Wash Fishery Order Transition


The WFO expired in January 2023 and will be replaced with the Wash Cockle and Mussel Byelaw 2021 pending ministerial confirmation. The Authority is undertaking a transition from the WFO to the byelaw in two phases.

Phase 1, which has now closed to applications, considered applications from existing WFO Entitlement holders. We are now considering the applications and the Wash Fisheries Sub-Committee is anticipated to make decisions on these in April of 2023.

It is likely that additional permits will be available to issue after Phase 1 and eligibility for these will be determined through Phase 2 which is open to any applicant, with eligibility determined by a points system which prioritises those who are engaged in compliant fishing in the North Norfolk coast.


How To Apply


To apply, please download, complete, and return the form linked below. Alternatively, hard copies of the application form can be obtained by contacting the Eastern IFCA office in Kings Lynn (Tel. 01553 775321   E-mail: mail@eastern-ifca.gov.uk )

Application forms and supporting evidence must be received by the Authority by the deadline to be considered.

Please contact us at the earliest opportunity for assistance on completing the application form or for advice on gathering sufficient evidence to support it.


Download an application form: Phase 2 Application Form


An infographic that explains the evidence requirements and points system is available here: Phase 2 Infographic


The Eligibility Policy is available here: Eligibility Policy (Full Wording)


A summary of the Eligibility Policy is available here: Eligibility Policy Summary


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