PROHIBITION OF DREDGES FOR FISHING WITHIN THE NORTH EASTERN IFCA DISTRICT WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT

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 byelaw regulation prohibiting the use of all dredges for fishing within its district.

From the 02 February 2015 until 1 July 2015 inclusive, no person shall be permitted to use any type of dredge, at any time, for the exploitation of sea fisheries resources within the North Eastern IFCA district.

Any vessel transiting through the district must store dredges onboard the vessel in such a way that they cannot be readily used.

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

This precautionary regulation has been introduced to protect scallop stocks from what are considered currently unsustainable levels of exploitation and long-term damage to seabed habitats from intensive dredging.

A full copy of the byelaw and 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. Emailing ne-ifca@eastriding.gov.uk or from our website www.ne-ifca.gov.uk