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Dear Sir/Madam,

 

Please find attached a letter providing an update on the progress of the Southern IFCA review of net fishing management.

 

Kind regards

 

Simon Pengelly

 

Southern Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority    

Unit 3 Holes Bay Park, Sterte Avenue West

Poole Dorset

BH15 2AA

Tel/Fax: 01202 721373

Website: www.southern-ifca.gov.uk

 

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Southern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority 

Unit 3, Holes Bay Park, Sterte Avenue West, Poole, Dorset. BH15 2AA Tel. 01202 721373 Email enquiries@southern-ifca.gov.uk www.southern-ifca.gov.uk 

22nd January 2020 ________________________________________ 

Dear Stakeholder, Southern IFCA Review of Net Fishing Measures 

Following your previous engagement in Southern IFCA’s review of net fishing measures, I am writing to provide you with an update on progress since our last communication. 

Thank you for providing input in the consultation process. A high level and quality of additional data was received by the Authority following the public pre-consultation on net fishing management, held between October and December 20181. Members, through an Authority Working Group, have considered the additional evidence, and have subsequently been working on revising their recommended measures and the Authority, at its meeting on 13th June 2019, has resolved to; 

i. Introduce new net fishing restrictions across harbour and estuarine areas and in the 

vicinity of piers; and ii. Increase the minimum legal size for grey mullet species. 

The Authority is currently in the process of engaging at a representative level with potentially affected parties to outline what changes have been made and the evidence used to reach these determinations. 

Under Defra’s IFCA byelaw guidance2, all IFCA byelaws must be accompanied by an Impact Assessment. This assessment should set out the anticipated costs and benefits of the proposed measures, including the identified fisheries, nature conservation, sustainable development, environmental, social, and economic implications. 

The Authority has a duty, within protected sites, to manage fisheries in a manner that meet the conservation objectives of those sites. The Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) is a designated feature of the River Avon Special Area of Conservation and the River Itchen SAC. The species is also included as a notified feature in the Sites of Specific Scientific Interest (SSSI) that underpin these designations, and the Atlantic salmon and the brown/sea trout (Salmo trutta) are referenced within the citations of further SSSIs in the district. The effects of any planned activities, including the proposed change in management, are assessed through a Habitats Regulations Assessment or a SSSI assessment (within a SSSI) to establish whether the conservation objectives of designated sites can be met. Natural England, as the Government’s statutory nature conservation advisors, are being consulted on the conclusions of these assessments that have been undertaken by the Authority. We are also working closely with the Environment Agency in this process. 

1 www.southern-ifca.gov.uk/consultations 2 http://www.association-ifca.org.uk/Upload/About/ifca-byelaw-guidance.pdf

Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities will lead, champion and manage a sustainable marine environment and inshore fisheries, by successfully securing the right balance between social, environmental and economic benefits to ensure healthy seas, sustainable fisheries and a viable industry. 

Southern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority 

Unit 3, Holes Bay Park, Sterte Avenue West, Poole, Dorset. BH15 2AA Tel. 01202 721373 Email enquiries@southern-ifca.gov.uk www.southern-ifca.gov.uk 

 

It is currently anticipated that draft byelaws, together with the associated assessments, will be considered ________________________________________ Authority they will be at subject their by the meeting to Authority, a formal on 19initially consultation th March by 2020. the and Technical If stakeholders the Authority Advisory will resolves have Committee, to an make opportunity then the byelaws, the at this full 

stage to make representations. Any byelaw will only come into force following confirmation by the Secretary of State. 

Thank you once again for your interest in the work of the Authority and for your contribution to this review process 

Yours sincerely, 

Simon Pengelly Evidence Team Leader 

Southern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority 

Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities will lead, champion and manage a sustainable marine environment and inshore fisheries, by successfully securing the right balance between social, environmental and economic benefits to ensure healthy seas, sustainable fisheries and a viable industry. 

 

 

 

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On 1/24/2020 at 7:10 AM, lofty said:

Did Tony write this after one of his small red wines( sorry, small keys on the phone?)
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Nothing to do with me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Tony

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The biggest issue is that it was recommended by the consultation input that they increase the distance from 100mtrs to 200mtrs from all pier structures, however they have ignored RSA's (again) and put the minimum distance for nets as 100mtrs!

 

Many anglers can cast over 100mtrs and will be snagging these nets, this is most common around Swanage pier. Netters will also find that their nets will drag inshore during a storm and it becomes more of a danger to not only swimmers but boat traffic of all kinds.

It also does not allow shore fishermen to get a chance of catching a decent fish.

 

It has been recommended that as many people as possible write to Southern IFCA to complain about this.

There will be another public consultation when they have drafted the by-law but before it has been passed by MMO but I suspect it will be too late to get any amendments in by that time.

 

I am trying to get a copy of the draft document before it is approved by the Technical committee of Southern IFCA but it is a bit difficult to locate at the moment, if I find it I will post it here as it will be in the public domain so no issues over publication.

 

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