Welcome to Devon & Severn Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority.



Three six-week consultations that began  on 31st January 2018 have now ended. Responses for the mobile fishing, potting and potting for Live Wrasse consultations were collated in preparation for a meeting of the D&S IFCA Byelaw & Permitting Sub-Committee on 12th April 2018.

Agenda used at the Sub-Committee Meeting

The outcome of those discussions have resulted in changes to Mobile Fishing and Potting Permit Conditions.

Amended permit conditions are being prepared and will be issued at no cost to permit holders in due course.

Minutes from the meeting are being prepared and final Byelaw Development Reports will also be published in due course.

Diving Consultation - A three-year review of the permit conditions

The first phase of consultation ended on 12th January 2018.

The responses from the first phase of consultation were defered as an agenda item and will now be discussed by the D&S IFCA Byelaw & Permitting Sub-Committee at the next meeting (August 16th 2018)

More information will be posted in due course.


Upcoming Meetings

The next meeting of the Full Authority will be at 2pm at Exeter Race Course on Thursday 14th June 2018.
Click to view the agenda.

Staff changes at Devon & Severn IFCA

Tim Robbins, our Chief Officer, has been seconded to Defra to assist with the Post-Brexit planning for Fisheries. During Tim’s secondment period, the Acting Chief Officer will be Mat Mander, previously Deputy Chief Officer.

Additional Information

D&S IFCA Publications Scheme

Decision Making & Precautionary Principle

Permitting Byelaws


D&S IFCA currently has four Permit Byelaws. If you conduct mobile fishing, potting, netting or diving (for crab, lobster or scallops) you need a permit.

Netting Permit Byelaw

The Netting Permit Byelaw has been signed by the Secretary of State (Defra) and came into force on 1st March 2018.

All commercial and recreational fishers who wish to use nets in the D&S IFCA District (at sea and seine netting for sand eels in estuaries) after 1st March 2018 now need a permit.

Click here for more information about the Netting Permit Byelaw, the permit conditions and how you can get a permit (the application form).

On line applications

We are now offering online permit applications for mobile fishing,  potting and diving permits . Online applications for netting is not an option at this time. Click here to proceed with an application.

It is expected that online applications for netting permits will be availible shortly.

Other Byelaws

D&S IFCA Byelaw Book
(For Guidance)
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