MPA (Marine Protected Areas)
(CoP) Codes of Practice
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Cornwall IFCA meeting agendas and minutes
Fal Fisheries Management Committee.
for more information on the
Fal oyster and mussel Fishery
to see an update about Cornwall IFCA enforcement activities
to see notice to Cornwall IFCA Shellfish Permit holders
to see information on new recreational
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Freedom of Information
Shellfish Permit forms
Fal Fishery forms
General Information sheet
(including minimum sizes)
Cornwall IFCA Byelaws
Cornwall IFCA byelaws
The Manacles Marine Conservation Zone (Fishing Restrictions) Byelaw 2017
Closed area (European Marine Sites) No.2
Lobster, Crawfish and Crab Fishing Permit Byelaw 2016
Ex-Cornwall Sea Fisheries Committee byelaws
Berried lobsters & crawfish
Mesh of nets in parts of district
Methods of fishing (dredges) byelaw
Parts of crab
Parts of escallops byelaw
Protection of v-notched lobsters
Purse seine and ring nets
Scallop dredge (limited fishing time) byelaw
Specified fish sizes (as amended)
St Ives bay gill net fishery
Trawling in parts of district
Ex-Environment Agency byelaws
Byelaw for the regulation of scallop dredging in the Fal and Helford European Marine Site Cornwall
Sea fishery (shellfish) byelaws relating to oysters
Byelaws for the regulation of cockle harvesting in the Cornish estuaries
SW1 Prohibition of nets (applied in the River Camel and River Fowey)
Sections of the following byelaws are no longer in force. Please contact Cornwall IFCA for more information or for clarification.
Camel fishery district
Fowey fishery district
Ex-Devon sea fisheries commitee byelaws
Scallops – methods of fishing;
Restrictions of trawling in estuaries;
Shellfish – escallop;
Shellfish – re-deposit of;
Temporary closure of shellfish beds;
Definition of trawling;
Size of vessels;
Byelaw prohibiting netting in Tamar, Plym and Yealm;
Parts of edible crab;
Pots used for fishing for Crustacea;
Protection of v-notched lobsters;
Protection of undersize and berried lobsters)
Cornwall IFCA replaced the old Cornwall Sea Fisheries Committee. This change extended the district into the Tamar and to include Cornwall’s rivers and estuaries within tidal limits.
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the chart of the new Cornwall IFCA District.
As the District of Cornwall IFCA has extended into parts which were under the jurisdiction of Devon Sea Fisheries Committee and the Environment Agency, Cornwall IFCA has adopted the byelaws which are relevant in those areas.
The byelaw book will be updated regularly but please check the
page of our site for any new byelaws or restrictions. We endeavour to be as up to date as possible but please
for current information.
A review of all byelaws, including the legacy byelaws which currently apply within the CIFCA District, is underway to ensure that all byelaws are relevant and harmonised wherever practicable. This process may lead to some byelaws being amended or revoked.
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EU and National legislation
The Marine Management Organisation’s Blue Book is a consolidated version of UK and EU fisheries legislation. The Marine Management Organisation maintains the legislation in the Blue Book but cannot guarantee that it is up to date at all times.
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the Blue Book.
We do not enforce all of the legislation detailed in the Blue Book. The majority of legislation applicable to Cornwall IFCA District and enforced by Cornwall IFCA can be found in Section E.
If you are unsure of any legislation that may affect you please
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Fishing for bass from a boat and using sand eels for bait from a boat in the major rivers and estuaries in the Cornwall IFCA district is regulated by Defra under The Bass (Specified Areas)(Prohibition of Fishing) Order 1990 (no.1156)
as amended by The Bass (Specified Areas)(Prohibition of Fishing)(Variation) Order 1999 (no.75)
Both MMO and Cornwall IFCA officers are empowered to enforce these Orders. For guidance on the application of the Orders, please view the Bass Nursery Area information sheet.
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