Completed Consultations

D&S IFCA has invited stakeholders to engage in several consultations during 2020, 2021 and 2022. We would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to respond. All of our consultation work (often called "Have your Say" or "Call for Information") can help to inform the decision making of D&S IFCA's Byelaw & Permitting Sub-Committee (B&PSC) or be used for other work such as informing assessments for Marine Conservation Zones.

Formal Consultation - Category One Diving Permit Conditions - Scallop Closed Season (March/April 2022)

D&S IFCA invited you to respond to the formal consultation on proposed amendments to existing Category One (commercial) Diving Permit Conditions.

The formal consultation on proposals to amend the existing Category One (commercial) Diving Permit Conditions ended on 18th April 2022.

D&S IFCA wish to thank all those that participated. The responses are now being examined and a report will be produced soon for D&S IFCA's Byelaw and Permitting Sub-Committee (B&PSC).

The B&PSC will determine if the changes to the Category One Diving Permit Conditions as proposed are to go ahead. The Diving Permit Conditions will potentially be amended and re-circulated free of charge in June 2022.

Providing a Choice of Remotely Accessed Electronic Reporting Devices (iVMS/VMS) - Have Your Say (January to February 2022)

In January 2022, D&S IFCA directly contacted all Category One Mobile Fishing Permit Holders and provided information (Mail Chimp email circular) that highlighted the Authority's intention to make changes to Category One Permits. The Pdf of the circular can be viewed here. The consultation ended on 7th February 2022. A report was produced for a meeting of the Byelaw & Permitting Sub-Committee which was held on 24th February 2022. The report can be be viewed here. A decision was taken to amend the Category One Mobile Fishing Permit Conditions which were circulated in late February 2022.

Cat 1 Diving Permit Conditions - Scallop Closed Season (November to December 2021):

In November 2021, D&S IFCA contacted all Category One (commercial) Diving Permit Holders and provided information (Mail Chimp email circular) that included a series of topics and questions. The Pdf of the circular can be viewed here. The consultation ended on 17th December 2021 and the responses were examined. A report was produced for a meeting of the Byelaw & Permitting Sub-Committee which was held on 24th February 2022. The report can be viewed here. The B&PSC determined that formal consultation be undertaken on a series of potential changes to Category One Diving Permit Conditions.

Fishing Activity Surveys - A Call for Information for Fishing Activity within Estuary Marine Conservation Zones:

In November 2021, D&S IFCA circulated information relevant to five separate Estuary Marine Conservation Zones. Each circular contained questions relating to fishing activity within each area. All of these consultations ended on 17th December 2021 and the findings are now being examined. The responses will feed into the relevant MCZ Assessment Reports. The consultation circulars can be viewed below by using the links provided. 

Size of Vessels Byelaw - Have Your Say

D&S IFCA invited 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.

This consultation ended on 24th September 2021. The responses received by the closing date were collated and a report (with an accompanying Officers' paper) was prepared for discussion by the Byelaw & Permitting Sub-Committee at their meeting on 21st October 2021. The responses have assisted D&S IFCA’s Byelaw and Permitting Sub-Committee in their decision making and work is underway drafting this 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. When the drafting work is complete, the Byelaw will be subjected to a formal consultation period in 2022.

Amendment to the Potting Permit Conditions - Management of the Live Wrasse Fishery

In April 2021, D&S IFCA invited you to respond to this formal consultation regarding a potential change to the Potting Permit Conditions. 

The consultation focussed on a single change to the Potting Permit Conditions - an amendment to paragraph 2.6.2 (slot size for ballan wrasse). 

The consultation ended on 12th May 2021. The responses were examined and a report (read here) was presented to D&S IFCA's Byelaw and Permitting Sub-Committee (B&PSC) on 22nd July 2021.

The Potting Permit Conditions were amended as proposed and are valid from 9th August 2021. D&S IFCA has circulated amended Potting Permit Conditions at no cost to permit holders.

Other Completed Consultations 

All of the byelaw/permit condition related engagement work is documented. The reports relating to the different consultations can be read by visiting Section F of our Resource Library - Byelaw Development Reports - or by examining the Officers' papers that are presented at Byelaw & Permitting Sub-Committee meetings which can be found in Section B of our Resource Library

Page updated: 20th April 2022.