Hook and Line


Changes to European Legislation may have impacted on the information on this page.

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Hook and line is a term used to describe various recreational and commercial fishing methods which may be carried out from a boat or the shore. 

Within the  Cornwall IFCA district  you must comply with three layers of legislation.

European fishery rules: These are applied to the EU member states and cover a wide range of subjects including minimum fish sizes, fishing methods and gear, fish quotas, logbooks and landing declarations, vessel monitoring systems etc. The rules can all be found within a publication known as the Blue Book which can be viewed on the Marine Management Organisation’s website.

National rules: In addition to EU regulations, there is national legislation applied to fisheries and fishing activities.  This can also be found in the  Blue Book

Cornwall IFCA byelaws:  Locally, there are further fishing restrictions applied under Byelaws made by Cornwall IFCA for managing fisheries within its district.  The byelaw which may apply to a particular fishing method are listed below.

Guidance and advice: If you would like any guidance or advice on the legislation which may affect fishing within the Cornwall IFCA district, please  contact us

Bass Nursery Areas

Under national legislation there are six areas within Cornwall where extra protection is provided to bass by prohibiting fishing from a boat, or using sand eel as bait when fishing from a boat. 

Bass fishing restrictions Commercial fishing for bass from the shore is prohibited throughout 2023.

Click here to find out more about the regulations regarding fishing for bass commercially within the Cornwall IFCA district. 
Click here to find out more about the regulations regarding fishing for bass recreationally within the Cornwall IFCA district. 

Minimum sizes for fish

A number of minimum fish  sizes are introduced by Cornwall IFCA byelaws. These are in addition to those minimum sizes resulting from national and European legislation. 
Full list of minimum sizes which apply in Cornwall
Specified Fish Sizes byelaw 

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