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NOTICE under section 157 Marine and coastal Access Act 2009.

North Eastern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority in exercise of the powers conferred upon it under section 157 of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 hereby provides notification of the implementation of an emergency fisheries byelaw regulation covering the collection and removal of all cockles in the Tees area between Crimdon in the North and Staithes, North Yorkshire, in the South, including the local authority areas of Hartlepool, Stockton and Redcar and Cleveland Borough Councils and adjacent sea.

From the 28 June 2011 inclusive the removal taking and disturbance of any cockle from the Tees area is subject to provisions contained within an emergency byelaw regulation which includes a total closure of all cockle beds until the 31 August inclusive.

Any person or persons breaching the conditions of the byelaw regulation could, upon conviction be fined up to a maximum of £50,000.

Further information can be obtained by contacting the Chief Officer at North Eastern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority, Town Hall, Quay Road, Bridlington, YO16 4LP. Tel: 01482 393 515. Email ne-ifca@eastriding.gov.uk.