Periwinkle Gathering Code of Conduct

Northumberland IFCA Periwinkle Gathering Code of Conduct

Northumberland IFCA have implemented a Code of Conduct for periwinkle gatherers. Please see below.

Care should be taken by all gatherers to minimise any adverse environmental impacts of their activity.

Collection of periwinkles by hand can involve turning rocks which, if not put back, can damage, or kill other life living on or under the rocks. All rocks moved should be replaced carefully.

Periwinkle below the minimum market size (12mm) should not be taken and larger individuals should be preferentially taken to allow smaller individuals to reproduce.

Care should also be taken to only collect edible periwinkle this reduces the impacts on other species on the rocky shore

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