FAQ’s

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1. What is the area of jurisdiction of the Northumberland Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority (NIFCA)?

Answer: This is bounded by, in the south, a line drawn down the centre of the River Tyne from the National Tidal Limit (“NTL”) between the councils in NIFCA district and councils in NEIFCA district; then out to 6 nautical miles from the baseline. In the north the English/Scottish border out to 6 nautical miles from the baseline, also including all rivers and estuaries with the NIFCA district up to their NTL. For further information refer to the section ‘Limits of the District’ in the NIFCA Byelaw Booklet (link to NIFCA byelaws above).

2. What are the minimum landing sizes of shellfish?

Answer: The sizes of the most frequently landed shellfish within the Authority’s district are: lobster 87 mm (carapace length), Edible Crab (brown crab) 130 mm (carapace width), Velvet Crab 65 mm (carapace width). For further details and a full list of minimum sizes for both fish and shellfish click here.

3. What are the restrictions if I wanted to gather shellfish from the shore within the NIFCA district?

Answer: Each individual must not land more than 1 lobster, 5 crabs, 20 whelks or 5 prawns per day. For further information see Byelaws 3 (Crustacea Conservation) and 4 (Crustacea and Molluscs permitting and pot limitation)  NIFCA Byelaws

4. How many pots, creels, traps and cages am I permitted to use either from the shore or from an unregistered vessel?

Answer: You are allowed to use up to 5 pots, creels, traps or cages within the Authority’s district only after you have registered with NIFCA and completed an application for a recreational permit (at the Authority office) and have been issued with up to 5 tags. For further information see Byelaws 3 (Crustacea Conservation) and 4 (Crustacea and Molluscs permitting and pot limitation): NIFCA Byelaws

5. How can I apply for Recreational/Hobby Tags?

Answer: Contact the Authority’s office at 8 Ennerdale Road Blyth, Northumberland NE24 4RT. Telephone 01670 797 676 and arrange to complete the application form (see 4 above) and collect your tags.

6. Where can I get a copy of the NIFCA byelaws and also find out about any changes or latest news within the Authority?

Answer: Either visit or contact the NIFCA office at Blyth (see item 5 for address) or click HERE

7. Are there any restrictions regarding setting gillnets within the Authority’s district?

Answer: There are a number of restrictions regarding the use of gillnets within the NIFCA district at different times of the year. For further information please contact either the Environment Agency, Marine Management organisation or NIFCA. NIFCA Byelaw 6 (Fixed Engines) contains a number of restrictions relevant to the use of gillnets within the district, for full details click HERE