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Emergency Byelaw

Berried Lobsters

Fish, mollusc and crustacea minimum size emergency byelaw 2019

North Eastern IFCA has, in conjunction with Northumberland, Eastern and Kent & Essex IFCAs, made an emergency byelaw in relation to the minimum conservation reference size for certain marine organisms. 

The byelaw is made in response to changes to European legislation which have come about as a result of Council Regulation (EU) 2019/1241 of the European parliament.  

The intended effect of the byelaw is to apply rules relating to minimum sizes of fish and shellfish to replicate the provisions of the original European legislation as far as possible. This includes the application of minimum size rules to recreational fishers and prohibitions on the transport, sale and storage of undersize marine organisms.  

By working in partnership with neighbouring IFCAs we are maintaining the protective effect provided by the minimum size rules along the East Coast and the Eastern Channel.  

The Byelaw comes into effect as of 14 August 2019.  

The full wording of the byelaw can be accessed below:

NEIFCA Emergency MCRS Byelaw (pdf 274kb)