December 2016: Update on new byelaws
|Cornwall IFCA has recently run consultations on two new byelaws, The River and Estuarine Fishing Nets Byelaw 2017 and The Manacles Marine Conservation Zone (Fishing Restrictions) Byelaw.
The River and Estuarine Fishing Nets Byelaw 2017 has been proposed to balance the different needs of persons exploiting sea fisheries resources in the tidal parts of rivers and estuaries by prohibiting most net fishing methods. It also provides additional protection from netting for sea fish, salmon and sea trout, including juvenile and spawning stocks. Landing nets may still be used, ebb nets, sand-eel seines are also allowed subject to certain conditions and geographical restrictions. The use of sand-eel seines will be subject to an annual permit scheme.
The Manacles Marine Conservation Zone (Fishing Restrictions) Byelaw has been proposed to conserve the protected features of the Manacles MCZ by prohibiting the use of bottom towed gear throughout the zone.
At the December Authority meeting of Cornwall IFCA, members considered the views expressed through the consultation process and agreed with the officer recommendation, that the byelaws should proceed unchanged.
The next step is that these byelaws will be sent to the Marine Management Organisation for quality assurance before being passed to the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) who will consider the byelaws for ministerial signature. At this point these byelaws will pass into law, and will be enforced. We will publicise via our website and Facebook page when these byelaws become law.
At the same meeting, members of the Authority agreed to make the Whitsand and Looe Bay Marine Conservation Zone (Fishing Restrictions) Byelaw 2017. This is similar to the Manacles MCZ byelaw in that it aims to protect site features by banning bottom towed gear throughout the designated zone. Cornwall IFCA will be running a formal consultation on this byelaw in the new year (starting 12 January 2017) please check this website for more information in the new year.