Consultation

Devon and Severn IFCA undertake regular consultations relating to different fishing activities. These provide you with an opportunity to have your say. When a consultation is about to begin, we directly notify all our permit holders (Fishers) and all of our contacts on our consultation mailing list. Providing us with an email address helps us keep you informed. We also circulate a free E- newsletter to everyone on our mailing list.

If you want to be directly notified of the consultations then please contact us and tell us.

Current Consultations – Have Your Say       (scroll down)

Diving Permit Conditions

From 8th March 2019, D&S IFCA will be seeking the views of all stakeholders on some potential changes to the Diving Permit Conditions. This information gathering exercise is the final phase of the Three-Year Review of Diving Permit Conditions.

What are the proposals?

In summary the topics are as follows:

  • Number of scallops that can be taken each calendar day by a recreational diver (Category Two Permit)
  • Applying additional restrictions to protect Spiny Lobster
  • To introduce some spatial restrictions within the Diving Permit Conditions
  • To remove a reliance on a deeming clause that is within the Diving Permit Byelaw

The information, questions and details on how you can respond is set out for you here.

One option to respond is via email: consultation@devonandsevernifca.gov.uk

Your answers (if you choose to engage) must be submitted by 12th April 2019.

Potting Permit Conditions

From 8th March 2019, D&S IFCA will be seeking the views of all stakeholders on a potential change to the Potting Permit Conditions.

What is the proposal?

To remove the current Gear Restriction (2.5.3) which states:

  • A permit holder or named representative is not authorised under this Permit to use any finfish as bait within the District unless it meets sizes set out in Annex XII, Article 17 of Council Regulation (EC) 850/89.

Why remove this permit condition?

The proposal is due to the Landing Obligation 2019 – Rules and Regulations.

These rules are related to the discarding of certain species of fish. All quota species must be landed and counted against quota unless exemptions apply. Therefore, some species of fish below the Minimum Conservation Reference Size (MCRS) must be landed, although they can’t be sold for direct human consumption.

  • Bass is not subject to the Landing Obligation.
  • Prohibited species should be released unharmed if possible.

To reflect the fact that some fish below the MCRS must be landed and can then be sold as bait, the present Potting Permit Conditions would not harmonise with the Landing Obligation. The D&S IFCA Byelaw and Permitting Sub-Committee, who are tasked with reviewing permit conditions, have taken the view that the resource should be available for those fishers that conduct potting, so it can be purchased and used as bait.

The information and details on how you can respond is set out for you here.

One option to respond is via email: consultation@devonandsevernifca.gov.uk

Your answers (if you choose to engage) must be submitted by 12th April 2019.

Completed Consultations

A Call for Information - Crab Tiles

Devon and Severn IFCA were recently seeking your views on the management of crab tiles. The exercise ended on 8th February 2019. This work forms part of a review of different Hand working Fishing Activities.

Your view is important. We would like to thank all those that provided information during the period 4th January to 8th February 2019. The responses have now been summarised into a report which was presented and discussed by members of the D&S IFCA Byelaw and Permitting Sub-Committee on 26th February 2019. The report will be discussed again later in 2019 when options for managing this and other hand working fishing activities will be examined in greater depth. 

You can read the summary report here. It is also posted on our MEETINGS page and also in our RESOURCE LIBRARY (Section B).

Coming Soon to this Page 

  • A Call for Information - Have Your Say - A focus on Bait Digging
  • The development of a replacement for the Emergency Application Byelaw