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. Due to Covid-19, and our current working status, we are not able to send hard copy notifications at this time. 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 or use this link to subscribe to our mailing list.

All permit holders that have supplied an email address will always be notified by email.

There are no active D&S IFCA byelaw related consultations at this time.

Recently Completed Consultations

Potting Permit Conditions: Amendments to the Permit Conditions to Manage the Live Wrasse Pot Fishery

D&S IFCA invited you to respond to the formal consultation on proposed amendments to existing Potting Permit Conditions that are used to manage the Live Wrasse Pot Fishery.

The proposed changes related to all potting permits and the formal consultation ended on 15th May 2020. 

D&S IFCA wish to thank all those that had their say in the formal consultation.

What are the next steps?

The responses were examined and a report was prepared and discussed by the D&S IFCA Byelaw & Permitting Sub-Committee (B&PSC) on the 18th June.

The consultation report can be read here.

A separate decision making report was also prepared and discussed by the B&PSC on the 18th June. The report can be read here.

The B&PSC concluded that the changes to the Potting Permit Conditions as proposed are to go ahead and updated Potting Permit Conditions will be issued free of charge with a start date of 10th July 2020.

A news item has been prepared to provide more information and can be read here.

Hand Working Fishing Activity: The Development of Bag Limits

D&S IFCA invited you to have your say on the development of bag limits (catch restrictions) for recreational fishers.

The consultation finished on 9th March 2020 and D&S IFCA wish to thank all those that had their say.

What are the next steps?

The responses have been examined and a report (for information only) was prepared for the D&S IFCA Byelaw & Permitting Sub-Committee (B&PSC) to examine on the 18th June.

The consultation report can be read here.

The development of the Hand Working Permit is a complicated task and the consultation response has helped to inform the on-going development of the Byelaw.

The B&PSC were not tasked on the 18th June 2020 to take any decisions relating to the development of the Hand Working Permit Byelaw.

Officers will continue to study the findings of the consultation and determine how the development work can continue.

It is envisaged that the need for additional consultation will form part of the officers' recommendations, that will be prepared for the B&PSC and published on this page later in 2020. 

Sand Eel Trawling - Have Your Say - The Development of permit conditions.

D&S IFCA invited you to have your say on the development of permit conditions to manage sand eel trawling for both commercial and recreational fishers.

The consultation began on Friday 13th December 2019 and finished on 17th January 2020.

This work is part of the 5 year review of the Mobile Fishing Permit Byelaw which involves an in-depth examination of the Byelaw, existing permit conditions and the development of new permit conditions.

D&S IFCA wish to thank all those that had their say as the responses can help to inform the on-going review.

The content of the responses to the sand eel "have Your Say" consultation were summarised and anonymised for use in a report that was presented to the Byelaw & Permitting Sub-Committee on 11th February 2020.

The report can be read here.

What are the next steps?

More work will be conducted in 2020 by officers to develop the draft permit conditions for sand eel trawling. 

A report/s on how D&S IFCA intend to manage sand eel trawling via permit conditions will be prepared for the B&PSC and posted on the website in due course.

Page updated: 26th June 2020.