From:                                         R PITT

Sent:                                           10 October 2017 20:44

To:                                               Debbie O'Shea; Will Wright; Dominic Bailey; Mathew Smith; TrojanMarine

Subject:                                     Re: Kent & Essex IFCA - Native Oyster Permit Byelaw Consultation

Attachments:                          Native oyster BCRC MCZ permit byelaw consultation DB ww.pdf

 

Dear all,



These are my views regarding the consultation:



1. None.  However is this a set hourly period per day over time set?

2. Do not disagree with these boundaries however, I disagree with the illusion of a public fishery as it is not public.  It was until highjacked by Natural England and yourselves. Your consultation is sending the wrong message to fisherman from afar who believe this is an open fishery.

3. The opening and closing of areas should be judged according to stock.

4. 70mm through a ring is a good starting point.

5. I think fees should be set to number of dredges as well as vessel. A vessel of 14m can tow more dredges than a 6 - 10m vessel making the fee unfair regarding catching opportunity.  As to survey cost this could be saved or reduced by using a local vessel already engaged in the area.

6. Bigger vessels far outstrip the smaller by means of amount of gear they tow and also the opportunity to work all weather conditions.

7. The size of dredges is pretty standard, the weight is relevent to size of vessel.  I personally think that the heavier the dredge the better as it will break up Limpet and Gigas clusters and other invasive species creating a better SPAT medium at end of season. The cleaner the ground the better.  My family cleaned their grounds with old grass harrows.

8. New dredges to confirm to size approx £450 x 2

9. At present no grants available.  This would incurr extra expense but would not guarantee that the amount of Oysters landed is correct.  Only where the vessel has been or is.

10. Experts? Questionable.  Do think that any unregistered fishing vessels should not be allowed to fish.

    10.1 The grounds should be cleaned somehow, perhaps some sort of initiative to active vessels to clean areas out of season would be viable.

11. Good idea to keep a certain amount of stock back.  Perhaps fish on an alternative basis as I repeat ground needs to be cleaned to create clean culch for SPAT.

12. Do not think that trawling has an adverse effect on the ground.  When I went to the Solent 45 years ago to fish Oysters The Stanswood Bay Area was trawled heavily as was Leigh on Solent. These turned out to be the most prolific Oysters grounds.

13. Disagree with anymore closures of ground in the Thames as so much has already been lost to wind farms and conservation grounds.

14. I think you should see if this project is successful first, as we have people who have no respect for the law, operating in The Crouch and The Roach.  At this stage they have not ceased their activities in a defined area let alone out on The Estuary. We need enforcement of a sort to stop unregistered vessels carrying more shellfish or fish than is regarded for personal use.




I will be attending the meeting on the 30th October 2017.



Yours faithfully,





Russ Pitt

Trojan Fishing

 

On Monday, 9 October 2017, 11:37, Debbie O'Shea <debbie.oshea@kentandessex-ifca.gov.uk> wrote:

 

Many thanks to all of you who have responded to the attached consultation.

 

As a reminder the closing date for receiving any responses is 19 October 2017. All responses will be shared at the Technical Panel meeting of the IFCA to be held on Monday 30 October 2017 at 11am at Essex Outdoors Mersea, Rewsalls Lane, East Mersea, Colchester, Essex, CO5 8SX.  Should you wish to come to this meeting then I would be grateful if you could let me know, so I can let the venue know how many people wish to attend. If you wish to speak at the meeting then this would be at the discretion of the Chairman.

 

Kind regards

 

Debbie O’Shea | Office Manager

Web:  www.kentandessex-ifca.gov.uk            

 

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From: Debbie O'Shea
Sent: 20 September 2017 14:52
Cc: Will Wright <will.wright@kentandessex-ifca.gov.uk>; Dominic Bailey <dominic.bailey@kentandessex-ifca.gov.uk>; Rob Dyer <rob.dyer@kentandessex-ifca.gov.uk>; Katie Woods <katie.woods@kentandessex-ifca.gov.uk>
Subject: Kent & Essex IFCA - Native Oyster Permit Byelaw Consultation

 

Since February 2017 Kent & Essex IFCA has been meeting with interested parties to seek views on the creation of a native oyster permit byelaw that would manage the native oyster fishery within the Blackwater, Crouch, Roach and Colne Estuaries Marine Conservation Zone.

 

A consultation document outlining the proposed management options has been developed to be sent to all interested parties. In developing such a consultation document, it is hoped that it will allow people or organisations that have so far not inputted into the permit byelaw making process to have the opportunity to do so. Receiving written replies will also help clearly explain what different stakeholders want from the byelaw helping inform Authority members when they are making decisions.  The expectation would be that all replies would be put into a briefing pack for a Technical Panel meeting of the IFCA to be held on 30 October 2017

 

The attached consultation provides stakeholders with information on the development of measures to conserve and protect local wild native oyster stocks and the proposals for future management, and asks stakeholders for feedback and information regarding these proposals.

 

The closing date for this consultation is 19 October 2017. Please send any responses to info@kentandessex-ifca.gov.uk

 

 

Debbie O’Shea | Office Manager

Web:  www.kentandessex-ifca.gov.uk            

 

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Kent and Essex Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority

Paragon House, Albert Street, Ramsgate, Kent. CT11 9HD

 

Tel: 01843 585310

 

 

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