NIFCA Revised Byelaw Advert 16th December 2014

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Section 155 & 156

Marine & Coastal Acess Act 2009                                                                                                                                                                 

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the above legislation, Northumberland Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority intends to apply to the Minister for the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs for confirmation of the following byelaws.

Byelaw 1: Trawling – this byelaw modernises and consolidates a number of existing byelaws in relation to trawling in the district and provides the Authority with the ability to introduce adaptive management measures following a review process.

Byelaw 2: Dredges – this byelaw replaces the existing dredges byelaw and will prohibit the use of dredges without a permit as well as providing the Authority with the ability to introduce adaptive management measures following a review process.

Byelaw 3: Crustacea Conservation – this byelaw modernises and consolidates the existing crustacea conservation byelaw provision and prohibits specified activity in relation to crustacea, as well as prohibiting the use of edible crab as bait, subject to conditions.

Byelaw 4: Crustacea and Molluscs Permitting and Pot Limitation – this byelaw consolidates and modernises existing byelaws in relation to permits and pot limitation as well as providing the Authority with the ability to introduce adaptive management conditions following a review process.

Byelaw 5: Marking of Fishing Gear and Keep Boxes – this byelaw replaces the existing byelaw of this name and lays down the rules for the marking of such gear in the Authority district.

Byelaw 6: Fixed Engines – this byelaw replaces the existing byelaw of this name regulating the use of fixed engine nets to fish for or take sea fish within the Authority district.

In consequence of the above 6 byelaws being confirmed, the existing Northumberland Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority byelaws numbered 1 – 15 will be revoked.

A full text of the byelaws and associated assessments can be inspected at, or obtained from Northumberland IFCA, 8 Ennerdale Road, Blyth, Northumberland NE24 4RT or viewed on the Authority’s website at www.nifca.gov.uk

Any person wishing to object to the above byelaws must send a statement of objection in writing to: Marine Conservation and Enforcement Team, Marine Management Organisation, Lancaster House, Hampshire Court, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE4 7HY (or IFCAbyelaws@marinemanagement.org.uk) within 28 days of the publication of this notice and must send a copy of this statement to the CEO at Northumberland IFCA, 8 Ennerdale Road, Blyth, Northumberland NE24 4RT (or nifca@nifca.gov.uk)