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Byelaw changes - informal consultation

Neifca consultation

Since 2011 the authority has been undertaking a comprehensive review of all its legacy fisheries byelaw regulations. At a meeting of the executive committee, held on 27 April 2016, proposed changes to the following regulations were endorsed and released for public consultation:


Fixed netting

  • General simplification of existing provisions
  • Standardisation of gear marking – 1.5m stick, float and flag
  • Mandatory requirement that all fixed nets carry acoustic deterrent devices.
  • Establishment of a new conservation zone covering Filey and Flamborough special protection area.


Changes to the Holderness permitted fishery including:

  • New start date of 1 October
  • Mechanism enabling the suspension of permits
  • Annual permit fee TBC

Fixed Netting Consultation Letter (pdf 108kb opens in new window)


Shellfish permitting

  • Standardisation of gear marking – 1.5m stick, float and flag
  • New maximum pot frame size 60 x 45 x 107 (42” pot)
  • Reduction in the number of permitted hobby pots to 5 per permit holder
  • Requirement that permitted use of 100m of hobby fixed net for shellfish is tagged


Shellfish permit consultation Letter (pdf 108kb opens in new window)


Management of trawling within the Humber Estuary

  • Establishment of a new permitting scheme to trawl within Humber Estuary
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate a minimum track record of fishing within the Humber between 2013 and 2016.
  • Annual permit fee of £500
  • Permits must be permanently surrendered following the sale of the vessel although certain transfers would be permitted within families or existing share holders.
  • Mandatory requirement that any nets used in the mesh size range of 16 to 31 mm carry separator devices.


Humber Trawling Consultation Letter (pdf 112kb opens in new window) 


Mandatory Requirement that all Commercial Vessels Maintain and Operate a Fully Functioning Automatic Identification System (AIS)

Requirement that all commercial fishing vessels maintain and operate a fully functioning Class A or Class B AIS system at all times when fishing within or transiting through the Authority's district.


AIS Stakeholder Consultation Letter (pdf 106kb opens in a new window)


Mandatory Requirement that all Commercial Vessels Complete and Submit a Monthly Catch and Effort Return

Requirement that all commercial fishing vessels complete and submit a monthly catch and effort return for all catches taken within the Authority's district.


Catch Return Consultation Letter (pdf 102kb opens in a new window)


Please can you ensure that your response is submitted in writing by Friday 22 July 2016.


Responses can be emailed to: ne-ifca@eastriding.gov.uk

or posted to: NEIFCA, Town Hall, Quay Road, Bridlington, YO16 4LP.