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Commercial Fishing



SW enforcement officers conduct fishery patrols. Last weekend, Enforcement Officers from the Devon & Severn Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority conducted shore patrols in and around Brixham and Teignmouth.

Officers were focusing on commercial vessels operating without a relevant permit to conduct those fishing activities.  Commercial vessels operating within the D&S IFCA District are required to have a permit for the use of mobile fishing gear, potting, netting and diving for lobster, crab and scallops.

On this occasion no noticeable infringements observed.

The different permits and their conditions can be viewed on the D&S IFCA website either on the Enforcement & Legislation drop down menu or within the D&S IFCA website Resource Library.

If you wish to apply for a permit this can be done by contacting D&S IFCA or by using the on-line permit application facility by using this link

About D&S IFCA

The Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 (MaCAA) introduced a new framework for managing the marine environment and providing greater access to it. This Act of Parliament replaced Sea Fisheries Committees with Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities (IFCAs) and is fundamental to the work of D&S IFCA.

The D&S IFCA is the largest of the ten separate IFCA districts and has two separate coastlines. The area of the District is 4522km² and is defined in the Statutory Instrument (2010 No. 2212). The D&S IFCA District includes the areas of Devon, Torbay, Somerset, Gloucestershire County Councils; Bristol City and Plymouth City Councils; North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Councils and all adjacent waters out to six nautical miles offshore or the median line with Wales. The Latitude and Longitude positions of their district can be found in the Byelaw booklet.