Completed Consultations

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

Scallop Closed Season - Have Your Say

D&S IFCA is in the process of reviewing the Mobile Fishing Permit Byelaw and is about to begin reviewing the Diving Permit Byelaw. The Byelaws must be reviewed after five years and the reviews and drafting work will continue in 2021. The reviews of each Byelaw provide an opportunity for the associated permit conditions to be examined.

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 responses have now been examined and a report (including a recommendation) has been prepared for the Byelaw & Permitting Sub-Committee (B&PSC) to consider on 25th February 2021. The report can be viewed here. The report is also posted on the Authority Meetings Tab and within Section B of the Resource Library. 

Timeline for Work

It was originally envisaged that the findings of this consultation on the scallop closed season would potentially feed into the re-making of the Mobile Fishing Permit Byelaw and the Diving Permit Byelaw (and their associated permit conditions), rather than being influential for potential changes to the present permit conditions. For several reasons, including Covid-19, the work needed to draft replacement Mobile Fishing and Diving Permit Byelaws (and modified permit conditions) has fallen behind schedule. It is now envisaged that the findings of the consultation can potentially influence changes to existing permit conditions. This change of approach enables action to be taken before the summer of 2021 which may include changes to the present permit conditions. There is a meeting of the Byelaw & Permitting Sub-Committee on 25th February 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 using the links below:

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

The formal consultation ended on 15th May 2020. Potting permits were amended with a start date of 10th July 2020.

The final report can be read here.

Hand Working Fishing Activity: The Development of Bag Limits

The consultation finished on 9th March 2020. 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 Byelaw is a complicated task and the consultation response has helped to inform the on-going development of the 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. 

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

This consultation was to help inform the development of permit conditions to manage sand eel trawling for both commercial and recreational fishers.

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.

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

The consultation report can be read here.

Officers prepared a further report on how aspects of the new sand eel permits could function and presented it to the B&PSC on 17th August 2020.

The report can be viewed here.

Work is on-going to develop a more detailed draft Mobile Fishing Permit Byelaw and associated permit conditions, including those to manage sand eel trawling. 

Page updated: 16th February 2021.