Size of Vessels Byelaw - Have Your Say

D&S IFCA is inviting you to have your say on the development of a Size of Vessels Byelaw that will replace the existing Size of Vessels Byelaw that was introduced by Devon Sea Fisheries in 1996. Your input may assist D&S IFCA’s Byelaw and Permitting Sub-Committee in their decision making and influence the content of the Byelaw. The Size of Vessels Byelaw will apply to all commercial fishing vessels that are registered (Port letters and Numbers) and have a valid fishing licence.

Although the topic is of particular significance to owners, masters and crew of commercial fishing vessels, all stakeholders can respond even if they would not be directly impacted by the potential introduction of the re-made Size of Vessels Byelaw. Your view is important, and we encourage you to examine the background information and complete the short questionnaire.

The Questions and Background Information:

D&S IFCA is contacting everyone on its mailing list and has produced some background information and a short questionnaire. If you haven’t received the information via email, the background information, topics, and questions can be read/downloaded by clicking here.

The questionnaire is based around three main topics:

  • To consider what will be the maximum size for commercial fishing vessels operating within the District (an overall length in metres).
  • To consider if any existing rights (Grandfather Rights) for commercial fishing vessels above a determined size should continue to apply.
  • If Grandfather Rights continue to apply, for how long should they apply (Sunset Clause).

We recommend that you view the background information that explains more about the topics before answering the questions as follows:

About You:

  • Please provide your name
  • Please provide your contact details
  • Are you a Permit Holder (any permitted fishing activity) within D&S IFCA’s District?
  • Are you a commercial fishing vessel owner, master of a commercial fishing vessel or crew on a commercial fishing vessel?
  • If other, please explain your interest in the Size of Vessels Byelaw?

Establishing a Maximum Size of Commercial Fishing Vessels

  • Would a change in the maximum size of vessels impact you?
  • Do you support a potential new maximum size of 15 metres in overall length?
  • If you support this revised size of 15 metres in overall length, why?
  • If you do not support this revised size of 15 metres in overall length, why not?

Grandfather Rights

  • Do you think that existing Grandfather Rights should continue to apply, and if so, why?
  • Do you think existing Grandfather Rights should not apply, and if so, why?

Sunset Clause (a grace period within the Byelaw to adapt for change)

  • Do you think that a Sunset Clause should apply, and if so, why?
  • If it should apply, for how long?
  • Do you think that a Sunset Clause should not apply, and if so, why?

Other information

  • Do you have any other views or comments regarding the Size of Vessels Byelaw?

You can choose to email your answers to

This information gathering exercise ends on Friday 24th September 2021.

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Information regarding completed consultations can be viewed here.

Page updated: 27th August 2021.