Completed Consultations

D&S IFCA has invited you to engage in several consultations during 2020 and one consultation (to date) in 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).

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 have been examined and a report will be presented to D&S IFCA's Byelaw and Permitting Sub-Committee (B&PSC).

The B&PSC will discuss the findings of the consultation report on 22nd July 2021 and decide if the Potting Permit Conditions will be amended as proposed. The consultation report can be read here

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 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.

There is now national interest amongst other IFCA's that are seeking to potential develop Hand Gathering/Hand Working Permit Byelaws.  D&S IFCA is now part of a national working group (FISHGIG). The creation of a Hand Working Permit Byelaw has been suspended for 2021-22 but the on-going work of FISHGIG may influence further development in 2022.

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. 

Work needed to review (re-make) the Mobile Fishing Permit Byelaw forms part of D&S IFCA's Annual Plan for 2021-22.

Page updated: 12th July 2021.