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Cockle Fishery Review

Kent & Essex IFCA are beginning a review of current management and development of future management related to the cockle fisheries within the Kent and Essex IFCA District

We will be listening to the views of all interested stakeholders by asking them to complete a questionnaire and/or come talk to us on 20 and 21 October at the Thurrock Hotel, Aveley, Essex.

For a copy of the questionnaire click here

To book a slot to talk to Members of the IFCA on 20 or 21 October then go to

For more information on the proposed process and timeline click here

Completed questionnaires must be returned to by 8 November 2021

If you require a paper copy of the questionnaire then this can be posted out to you or collected from one of our offices. Please ring our office on 01843 585310 and we will arrange that with you.

To best capture views and ideas, a bespoke engagement process was developed, where stakeholders could book a 10-minute slot and give filmed evidence to feed into the review and management development process. The oral evidence sessions ran over 2 days at the Thurrock Hotel, Aveley on 20 and 21 October, and 25 people gave evidence to a panel of KEIFCA Authority members. To view these films go to

In addition, since 27 September we have contacted by email and e bulletin over 400 stakeholders with an interest in the cockle fishery and the IFCA in general to ask them to engage with us in the first phase of our consultation on the review of the current and development of the future management of the cockle fisheries in our District. 

Two hundred and two questionnaires were emailed and fifty three paper versions delivered or posted to stakeholders.

From these fifty completed questionnaires were returned, together with two letters, which can be found below.