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Local Fisheries Byelaw Regulations

Notice: Some of our byelaws have been updated as of December 2015

The following byelaw regulations are applicable throughout the Authority’s District. These regulations cover a wide range of activities from the collection and trapping of shellfish to the management of trawling and other activities. 

Please note the that the Authority also has a number of Emergency Byelaws.

To view all current NEIFCA byelaws download the Byelaws Booklet:

Byelaws Booklet (pdf 1mb opens in new window)

Byelaw Review Notice

A review of all byelaws, including legacy byelaws which were inherited from North Eastern Sea Fisheries Committee and currently apply within the NEIFCA District is underway to ensure that all regulations are relevant and harmonised wherever practicable. This process may lead to some byelaws being amended or revoked.

Summary of current regulations

I. Repeal Of Existing Byelaws

Clarifies the application of byelaws which have been repealed in that any penalty, forfeiture or punishment resulting from a repealed byelaw regulation is not affected by the repeal.

Download the I repeal of existing byelaws (pdf 326kb opens in new window)

II. Application And Saving For Scientific Purposes

Provides authority for the Clerk to issue written dispensations to undertake scientific investigations, re-stocking or breeding initiatives.

Download the II application and saving for scientific purposes byelaw document (pdf 326kb opens in new window)

III. Trawling: Prohibition: Exceptions

Regulates trawling activity throughout the Authority’s jurisdiction through a permitting scheme for all vessels under 18.3 m overall length and 400KW engine power. The byelaw also sets three extensive no trawl zones.

Download the III trawling: prohibition: exceptions byelaw (pdf 770kb opens in new window)

IV. Seine Net, Draw Net Or ‘Snurrevaad’: Prohibition Of

Prohibits seine netting within three miles of the Authority’s jurisdiction.

Download the IV seine net, draw net or 'snurrevaad': prohibition of byelaw document (pdf 326kb opens in new window)

V. Push Net

Requires any push nets used within the Authority’s jurisdiction to be raised and cleared once every half hour.

Download the V push net byelaw document (pdf 326kb opens in new window)

VIII. Mussels: Minimum Size

Sets a minimum size of 51 mm for the removal of mussels from the Authority’s jurisdiction.

Download the VIII mussels: minimum size byelaw document (pdf 326kb opens in new window)

X. Shellfish: Re-Deposit Of

Provides for the re-deposit of shellfish, which has been subject to a breach of regulations, as near as possible to the place from which it was taken. 

Download the X shellfish: re-deposit of byelaw document (pdf 326kb opens in new window)

XI. Shellfish Beds: Regulations Of

Provides a mechanism for the general closure of shellfish beds where stocks are depleted or where areas have been re-seeded.

Download the XI shellfish beds: regulations of byelaw document (pdf 326kb opens in new window)

XII. Shrimp And Prawn Fishing

Requires any trawls targeting shrimps or prawns to be raised and cleared once every hour.

Download the XII shrimp and prawn fishing byelaw document (pdf 326kb opens in new window)

XV. Application Of Byelaws

Clarifies the application of long-standing regulations which pre-dated the extension of the NESFC District from 3 to 6 nautical miles in 1992. 

Download the XV application of byelaws byelaw document (pdf 235kb opens in new window)

XVIII. Fixed Engine Byelaw

Sets criteria for the management of all fixed netting within the Authority’s jurisdiction including the depth of water nets are set, the headline clearance, the establishment of conservation areas and permit schemes relating to the intertidal and sub-tidal exploitation of sea bass along the Holderness coast of East Yorkshire.

Download the XVIII fixed engine byelaw document (pdf 2mb opens in new window)

XXI. Protection Of ‘V’ Notched Lobsters

No person shall fish for, take, retain, store, carry, transport or land any ‘V’ notched lobster or mutilated lobster of the species Homarus gammarus.

Download the XXI protection of 'v' notched lobsters byelaw document (pdf 33.7kb opens in new window)

 XXII. Permit To Fish For Lobster, Crab, Velvet Crab And Whelk

Sets criteria for the management of all exploitation of lobster, crab, velvet crab and whelk within the Authority’s District. It establishes permit schemes and conditions for the commercial and recreational exploitation of shellfisheries, including the submission of monthly catch and effort return information.

Download the XXII permit to fish for lobster, crab, velvet crab and whelk byelaw document (pdf 114kb opens in new window)

XXIII. Method And Area Of Fishing (Dredges) Byelaw

Please refer to emergency scallop byelaw:

Download the XXIII method and area of fishing (dredges) byelaw 2015 (pdf 353kb opens in new window)

XXIV. Cockle Management Byelaw

Sets provisions for the management of cockle stocks occurring within the Authority's district, including a permit scheme, closed season, minimum cockle size, exploitation method and mechanisms to close individual beds or areas from exploitation.

Download the XXIV cockle management byelaw (pdf 2mb opens in new window)

XXV. Prohibition On Removal Of Tope Or Parts Thereof

Prohibits the removal of tope or parts from any fishery within the Authority’s jurisdiction.

Download the XXV prohibition on removal of tope or parts thereof byelaw document (pdf 34kb opens in new window)

XXVI. Flamborough Head Fishing Byelaw

Sets provisions for the management of trawling activity within the boundaries of the Flamborough Head European Marine Site including a permit scheme and no trawl zone.

Download the XXVI Flamborough Head fishing byelaw document (pdf 354kb opens in new window)

XXVII. Flamborough Head No Take Zone

Designates a no take zone within the boundaries of the Flamborough Head European Marine Site between Sewerby Steps and Danes Dyke and 700m seaward from the cliff face.

Download the XXVII Flamborough Head no take zone byelaw document (pdf 1.32mb opens in new window)

XXVIII. Crustacea Conservation Byelaw

Requires the mandatory installation of escape gaps in all pots and traps worked between Tyneside and Hartlepool, Teesside. The seaward limit of this regulation stretches three nautical miles from coastal baseline points.

Download the XXVIII crustacea conservation byelaw document (pdf 442kb opens in new window) 

XXIX. Humber Estuary Fishing Byelaw

This byelaw prohibits digging, using pots, traps, nets, trawls, dredges or similar devices or taking sea fisheries resources from within the specified area of the Humber Estuary close to Spurn point.

Download the XXIX Humber Estuary Fishing Byelaw document (pdf 2mb opens in new window)

Penalties

Any person convicted of a breach of any byelaw regulation could be subject to a maximum penalty of £50,000.