13th August 2019
Kent and Essex IFCA has, in conjunction with Northumberland, North Eastern and Eastern IFCAs, made an emergency byelaw in relation to the minimum conservation reference size for certain marine organisms.
The byelaw is made in response to changes to European legislation which have come about as a result of Council Regulation (EU) 2019/1241 of the European parliament. The intended effect of the byelaw is to apply rules relating to minimum sizes of fish and shellfish to replicate the provisions of the original European legislation as far as possible. This includes the application of minimum size rules to recreational fishers and prohibitions on the transport, sale and storage of undersize marine organisms.
By working in partnership with neighbouring IFCAs we are maintaining the protective effect provided by the minimum size rules along the East Coast and the Eastern Channel.
The Byelaw comes into effect as of 14th August 2019.
The full wording of the byelaw can be found by clicking here