The next scheduled Quarterly Meeting is due to take place on Friday 16th September 2016, and the TSB on 9th August 2016
26/07/2016 - NOTICE TO BYELAW 3 PERMIT HOLDERS - Heysham Flat seed mussel fishery opening
The fishery at Heysham Flat will be opening on Monday 25th July for hand-gathering by Byelaw 3 permit holders.
The full authorisation containing details of the conditions under which this fishery must be prosecuted can be viewed/downloaded by clicking here. Fishing during daylight hours only.
Please contact Lancaster City Council regarding access arrangements.
Supporting documentation: Heysham Flat seed mussel HRA South America and Falklands HRA
22/07/2016 - MARINE ANTIQUITES SCHEME (MAS)
The Crown Estate are pleased to launch a new scheme to help protect the nation’s marine heritage by providing a way to record archaeological and historical objects found by marine users in English and Welsh waters. For more information please click here.
13/07/2016 - Natiional Grid Surveys
13/07/2016 - MMO 'Call for Issues with supporting evidence'
Marine Management Organisation – Northwest Marine Plan
The MMO has launched a ‘Call for issues with Supporting Evidence’ for the north east, north west, south east and south west marine plan areas. The NWIFCA would strongly encourage all north east Irish Sea stakeholders to consider contributing to this call.
‘Identifying and understanding the opportunities and challenges for the marine plan areas is critical to developing meaningful and tailored marine plans. Local, specialist and industry knowledge is at the heart of this, and your contribution is essential.
The MMO would like to hear from you about what the opportunities, challenges and needs of the marine plan areas are over the next 20 years, and what supporting evidence is available’.
The call is open now and closes on Friday 5 August.
Full details are available from:
21/06/2016 - DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER - Vacancy with the NW IFCA - closing date for applications is Wednesday 20th July 2016
13/06/2016 - SIMCelt Project Officer Vacancy - Solway Firth Partnership is seeking a Project Officer on a fixed term appointment to support an EU-funded initiative
29/04/2016 - SEASONAL CLOSURE ALL COCKLE BEDS
25/04/2016 - Marine plans must be based on local knowledge - we need your views
12/04/2016 - NuGen - second stage of consultation commences on Saturday 14th May 2016 - Moorside - Have your say - Statement of Community Consultation
06/04/2016 - Morecambe Bay Cockle Fishery - Press Release
Public Information Leaflet
06/04/2016 - Leven Sands Cockle Fishery Habitats Regulations Assessment
06/04/2016 - Marine Planning beings in the North West
17/03/2016 - Leven Island Cockle Fishery - Notice to Fishermen
05/02/2016 - Natural England's formal consultation on the potential Morecambe Bay & Duddon Estuary Special Protection Area (pSPA) - commencing 21st January 2016
05/02/2016 - The MMO have recently published new summary draft site assessments for 9 MPAs
04/02/2016 - Emergency byelaw - Restrictions on fishing for bivalve molluscan shellfish 2016 - Regulatory Impact Assessment
03/02/2016 - Bass TAC and quota regulations for 2016
01/02/2016 - Appoinment of IFCA Members
The Marine Management organization (MMO) has announced that 2 new members will be appointed to the North Western Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (NWIFCA). Details of the application process and criteria for the appointments can be found at:
Anyone wishing to serve on the NWIFCA is invited to apply.
20/01/2015 - MCZ announcement - Blue belt extended to protect 8,000 square miles of UK waters as Government designates new marine conservation zones. Press release and Map
20/01/2016 - Bivalve Mollusc Working Group (BMWG) – Notice for Byelaw 3 Permit Holders
To date the BMWG has been focussed on a Management Plan for the mussel fisheries in Morecambe Bay. A draft Management Plan will be presented to the TSB sub-committee on 2nd February.
Work is now beginning on a Management Plan for cockles in the Bay and the question has arisen of whether Byelaw 3 permit holders wish to continue with their representatives on BMWG for cockle discussions, or whether a change is preferred. The current representation is Terry Davies, Tim Manning and Gary Pidduck.
Please could you discuss this with other permit holders and inform Mandy Knott at email@example.com of your decision by Friday 12th February 2016.
21/12/2015 - Announcement of continued DEFRA funding of IFCA's until 2020 - In response to an enquiry from David Morris (MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale), the Minister, George Eustace has announced that DEFRA funding of approximately one third of the core running costs of the ten Inshroe Fisheries and Conservation Autorities will continue until 2020.
04/12/2015 - NW IFCA Science Team's Review of Bass Stocks in the North West and response to the announcement of proposed further Bass fishing restictions in 2016. EC Proposed council regulation and the link to the Q & A from the EC website on the proposed measures.
30/11/2015 - Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authorities - Conduct and operation 2010 - 2014 (March 2015)
11/11/2015 - Byelaw 30 application forms for 2016 are now available to download.
10/11/2015 - Closure of Heysham Flat Seed Mussel Fishery - Revocation of Authorisation to Fish with immediate effect
The contact details for the NW IFCA can be found here
For older news please visit the News page. Specific information about shell fisheries in the district can be found on the cockle or mussel pages