D&S IFCA is inviting views on the development of a Size of Vessels Byelaw that will replace the existing Size of Vessels Byelaw that was introduced by Devon Sea Fisheries in 1996. Input may assist D&S IFCA’s Byelaw and Permitting Sub-Committee in their decision making and influence the content of the Byelaw. The Size of Vessels Byelaw will apply to all commercial fishing vessels that are registered (Port letters and Numbers) and have a valid fishing licence.
The existing Size of Vessels Byelaw was introduced by Devon Sea Fisheries in 1996 and was itself developed from an even earlier (earlier than 1989) Size of Vessels Byelaw. This Byelaw is being formally reviewed by D&S IFCA, and a report was presented to D&S IFCA’s Byelaw and Permitting Sub-Committee on the 22nd of July 2021 that set out weaknesses associated with it. The re-making of the Byelaw provides an opportunity to address the documented weaknesses.
The information-gathering exercise ends on Friday 24th September 2021.