The below Parliamentary question was asked by Austin Mitchell on 2014-06-26.
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many inshore fisheries and conservation authorities in England have bylaws to prohibit the setting of intertidal nets; and how many land-based officers in each authority police and enforce those bylaws.
Most Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities (IFCAs) in England have byelaws which affect net fishing activities in the intertidal zone. These byelaws vary between IFCAs, with each Authority prescribing certain net specifications, geographic areas, time restrictions and other limitations. Details of each IFCA’s byelaws can be found on their respective websites.
The IFCAs with byelaws relating to intertidal nets are:
· Cornwall IFCA
· Devon and Severn IFCA
· Eastern IFCA
· Kent and Essex IFCA
· North Eastern IFCA
· North West IFCA
· Northumberland IFCA
· Southern IFCA
· Sussex IFCA
Isles of Scilly IFCA is the only Authority not to have any byelaws relating to intertidal nets, as this is not a fishing activity that takes place in the Isles of Scilly.
Most IFCAs have enforcement officers based both on land and at sea. These officers enforce all byelaws, not specifically those concerning intertidal nets. The latest figures held by Defra are:
Cornwall IFCA: 12 officers
Devon and Severn IFCA: 8 officers
Eastern IFCA: 10 officers, 3 land based
Kent and Essex IFCA: 2 land based officers, 6 sea based officers
North Eastern IFCA: 6 officers, 2 dedicated land based
North West IFCA: 8 mostly land based officers
Northumberland IFCA: 8 officers and 1 part time
Southern IFCA: 10 officers
Sussex IFCA: 4 officers