Completed Consultations

D&S IFCA has invited you to engage in several consultations during 2020 and 2021. 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).

Size of Vessels Byelaw - Have Your Say

D&S IFCA recently 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 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. The responses received by the closing date have been examined and a report (with an accompanying Officers' paper) has been prepared for discussion by the Byelaw & Permitting Sub-Committee at their meeting on 21st October 2021.

The Questions and Background Information:

D&S IFCA contacted everyone on its mailing list and produced some background information and a short questionnaire. Although the consultation has now ended, the background information, topics, and questions can be read/downloaded by clicking here.

The questionnaire was 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).

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.

Scallop Closed Season - Have Your Say

In 2020, D&S IFCA invited you to have your say on the existing scallop closed season that applies in July, August and September each year. The closure is a permit condition that is relevant to commercial fishers that have a Category One Mobile Fishing Permit or commercial fishers that have a Category One Diving Permit.

This consultation ended on 9th October 2020. The B&PSC were presented with a report on 25th February 2021 that detailed the responses received during the consultation and other relevant information collated by officers.

The report can be viewed here.

Multiple options for potential change were highlighted by stakeholders. Officers considered the response, and other relevant factors, which formed the basis of the officers' recommendation as follows:

That Formal Consultation is undertaken with a view to amendments to Category One Diving Permit Conditions authorising commercial divers to remove scallops from defined areas within the District during July, August, and September.

Officers set out how, in their view, diving permits could be amended to achieve greater access for commercial divers within the framework of existing diving permit conditions whilst recognising that the potential changes must be enforceable. The officer’s recommendation for potential change would have formed the basis of the final phase of consultation before a final decision would be taken by the B&PSC following presentation of those findings.


  • The B&PSC did not formulate an alternative suggestion/s for changes to management that could have formed the basis of formal consultation.
  • The B&PSC did not agree with the officers’ recommendation to conduct a final phase of consultation. (10 against & 2 abstentions) 
  • The closed season will therefore remain in place, for now, with no change for summer 2021.

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: 11th October 2021.