Bait Collection

Recreational sea anglers often collect their own bait from estuaries, sandy beaches and rocky environments. In the NIFCA district the most common bait collected by anglers are green shore crabs (Carcinus maenas), blue mussels (Mytilus edulis), lugworms (Arenicola spp.) and ragworms (Nereis spp). Previously, under the Sea Fisheries Committees, this activity was unregulated but the Marine and Coastal Access Act (2009) requires NIFCA (and all IFCAs) to ensure the activity is sustainable.

NIFCA continue to monitor bait collection and have recently introduced a Blyth Estuary Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct provides collection guidelines and has been developed alongside local anglers.