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Set nets

No fixed engine (net) shall be placed in any part of the district West of a line drawn from London Stone (near the entrance to Yantlet Creek,) to Crow Stone,(Westcliff in the County of Essex) and continued on either side of the mean high water mark.

No fixed net shall be left uncleared for more than 30 hours, though exemptions may be granted in the case of engine failure, crew illness, or bad weather.

Each fleet of nets or, if set alone, each individual net shall be marked by a dahn buoy at each end.

Dahns should be at least 1.5 m above the water and carry a flag no less than 30 cm square.

Dahns should be clearly marked with the name and address of the owner or in the case of commercial vessels, the PLN of the vessel.

No net or fleet of nets should exceed 1000 yds  (a fleet of nets is defined as a continuous line or group of nets, whether fixed together or not, set by one person or vessel).

Mesh size and catch composition regulations apply to all persons deploying nets in the district.

Full details of the regulations can be found on our REGULATIONS pages

It should be noted that District Councils may have their own byelaws relating to bathing beaches  

Bass fishing guidance 2024

Recreational Bass fishing No bass can be taken by fixed nets. These rules apply if you are fishing from a boat or from the shore