April 2019: Byelaw for the protection of salmon and sea trout

Posted on 30th April 2019

Up Date 20/05/19:

Cornwall IFCA has arranged some new meetings to discuss these proposals further.
The upcoming meetings are: 

Recreational Sea Angling drop in session
Monday 10 June 2019 - 18:00-21:00 - Chacewater Village Hall, Church Hill, Chacewater, Truro TR4 8PZ

Cadgwith Helford and District Fishermen's Society
11 June 2019 - 19:00-21:00 - Cadgwith gig club, Cadgwith, Helston TR12 7JX

Newlyn Fishermen's Forum
18 June 2019 - 18:30-20:30 - Newlyn Centre (Trinity church), Chywoone Hill, Newlyn, Penzance TR18 5AR

Drop in sessions 
We are holding two drop in days at our office in Hayle Harbour to give people the opportunity to call in and speak to one of our officers in more detail.

Friday 17 May 2019:        10.00 - 12.00 and 13.00 - 16.00
Monday 20 May 2019        10.00 - 12.00 and 13.00 - 16.00

We will be holding a drop in session at Chacewater Village Hall which is primarily aimed at gaining the views of and information from recreational sea anglers. There will be officers to speak to as well as information on the proposed byelaw. 

Monday 10 June 18:00-21:00 Chacewater Village Hall

Cornwall IFCA is developing a new byelaw to protect salmon and sea trout in key coastal areas around Cornwall. These areas are either where these fish may congregate or where they migrate to and from the entrances to rivers and streams. This will replace an old byelaw which restricted the headline depth of nets in certain coastal areas.

Using knowledge and information shared with us by stakeholders and by the Environment Agency, we have produced some proposals for net restrictions which could be included in a new byelaw. These areas, which are important for salmon and sea trout, are shown on the chartlets below. Click on ther link below the chart to see a larger scale chartlet of that area. 

The proposals made at this stage are to restrict netting in a number of areas. These cover far more of the coastline than the previous byelaw. There are two types of proposed areas shown on the chartlet: restricted (shaded black) and highly restricted (shaded red).

Within these areas, which are listed in full below as well as shown on the chartlet, the following measures have been proposed:

  • A person must not place or use a fixed net or drift net for fishing for or taking sea fish in a restricted area where the mesh size of the net is less than 170mm.
  • A person must not place or use a fixed net for fishing for or taking sea fish in a restricted area where the headline of the net is within three metres of the surface of the sea.
  • A person must not place or use any fixed net or drift net for fishing for or taking sea fish in a highly restricted area.

This is part of the informal consultation stage and is intended to help us shape the byelaw to make it fit for purpose. The proposals are our current thoughts. There will probably be some changes made and you will have another opportunity to comment during the statutory formal consultation stage once the byelaw has been made. If you provide us with your contact details we will let you know when this formal consultation starts.

Click here to download an information pack and a short questionnaire where you can let us know your thoughts on this developing byelaw. You can download the Word file, enter your comments and email it back to us, or print it out and complete by hand. 

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