Consultation: Changes to NIFCA scallop dredging management

Northumberland IFCA would like to invite you to have your say on the proposed management measures for Scallop Dredging. Your views are important to us and the information provided will be considered and could influence management measures.

Previous communications with industry have highlighted a wide variety of favoured management measures. We wish to equally represent all views, from all sectors of the industry, in developing any further management measures to get this right. We appreciate and have listened to the views received so far and therefore feel the right thing to do is consult again on this topic to ensure all industry sectors are represented. With no dredging activity reported this year, we can give this issue the attention it deserves.

The management measures suggested during previous discussions with the fishing industry have been incorporated to cover the following topics:

1. Potential further management of the dredge fishery.
2. Move permit fee from being a byelaw clause to a byelaw condition.

A full background information document can be found here

This is an informal consultation, and you will have another opportunity to comment during the Statutory Formal Consultation Stage if the Authority proceeds to make a Byelaw. If you provide us with your contact details, we will let you know when this formal consultation starts.

If you feel the proposed restrictions should be changed in any way, it is also helpful if you can provide evidence to support your view. At the end of the form below is a comments box for you to provide us with any other information that you think would be useful.

To respond to the consultation, you have a few options to choose from:

 1. You can respond online by clicking here
 2. You can respond by post to our office in Blyth. To download a form, please click here
 3. If you would like to speak to one of our officers directly, call our office on 01670 797676 to give your feedback

The deadline for all responses is 8th February 2021.

You do not have to complete the whole questionnaire and we will still consider forms with areas left blank, including your contact details.

If you can provide us with your name and contact details this would help us as we may wish to contact you for further information or clarification of any issues you raise. For more information about how we will use your personal data please see the statement at the end of the consultation document.

We look forward to hearing your views.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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