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LATEST NEWS - 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


Byelaw 3 application forms for the 2014/15 season are now available.   Please click here to download your application form.


PRESS RELEASE - NW IFCA byelaw no: 3 - Section 21 - requirement to complete monthly catch returns

From the 1st July 2014, it will be a requirement under Section 21 of the NW IFCA byelaw no: 3, that all permit holders will need to submit monthly returns.

Please click here to download the Press Release or a returns form


NW IFCA new byelaw no: 6 prohibiting the use of bottom towed fishing gear in Marine Protected Areas is now in force

Please click on the links below to download any of the following documents:

Report presented to the NWIFCA quarterly meeting held on 6th December 2013. 

Byelaw 6 - confirmed on 15th May 2014, is now enforceable.  

RIA - 3rd February 2014.

Lune Deep HRA  9th January 2014

Sabellaria MMO assessment

Subtidal Bedrock MMO assessment

Seagrass MMO assessment



Draft Byelaw 2 - posted 14th May 2015

Further to the TSB on the 2nd May, further amendments have been made to the draft byelaw number 2.  The NW IFCA would like to receive any comments on the draft byelaw, either by email: or by post to either of the IFCAs offices: 1 Preston Street, Carnforth, Lancashire, LA5 9BY - 6 Duncan Square, Whitehaven, Cumbria, CA28 7LN.  Click to download the Draft Byelaw No: 2, or the Impact Assessment.


Fishing Community Stakeholder Meetings - posted 28th April 2014

The NWIFCA are holding community stakeholder meetings in Wallasey, Preston, Milnthorpe and Whitehaven.

The meetings are being held to present changes to fisheries management in European Marine Sites as well as discuss the second tranche of marine conservation zones.

This is also an opportunity for various different stakeholders to meet, where issues concerning the management of the marine environment can be raised and discussed.  If you would like to add an agenda item please contact the office.

The meetings will be held at:

- Whitehaven - Senhouse Centre (CA28 7ES) - 16th May, 3 - 5pm

- Preston - County Hall (PR1 8XJ) - 19th May, 7 - 9 pm

- Heversham Hall (LA7 7EF) - 21st May, 7 - 9 pm

- Wallasey - Town Hall (CH44 8ED) - 28th May, 7 - 9 pm


10th Anniversary of the Morecambe Bay cockling tragedy - 5th February 2014.  Click here to load the NW IFCA Press Release.


Mussel relaying trail in the Walney Channel - harvesting the resultsPlease click here to be re-directed to the Mussel page of the website. 

Heysham Bass Nursery Area Byelaw now in force - all fishing prohibited - June 11 2013

NWIFCA Byelaw 5, Heysham Bass Nursery Area Prohibition of Fishing, has been signed off by Defra and entered into force at 00:01 on 11 June 2013. The byelaw states that: 'No person shall fish for any sea fish nor shall have in their possession any article that could be used for fishing for sea fish in the Heysham Bass Nursery Area or within 10 metres of the shore boundary of the Heysham Bass Nursery Area unless with the written permission of the Authority'.

The purpose of the Byelaw is to properly protect young fish in the Bass Nursery Area, and to promote a greater adult population of bass, increasing supply of sized bass outside the area for both commercial and recreational fisheries. It will also facilitate better enforcement of bass minimum landing size.

Notices will be put up around the area and NWIFCA Inshore Fishery and Conservation Officers will start a program of education and enforcement with fishermen.  

Please click here to view Heysham Bass Nursery Area Chartlet


Recent NWIFCA Convictions - 6 May 2013

On April 25 two cockle pickers, Christopher Nicolaides and Glen Davieson, were convicted at Liverpool Magistrates Court of poaching offences. Mr Nicolaides and Mr Davieson were found by NWIFCA enforcement officers fishing for cockles without a permit, on August 8th and 21st respectively. Mr Nicolaides attended court and was fined £200 and ordered to pay £200 costs, whilst Mr Davieson did not attend and was fined £300 plus £300 costs in his absence.

This is in addition to successful prosectuions on the 28th of March, when 4 other cocklers, Barry Cooper, Gareth Loftus, Scott Roberts and Stuart Baird, who were also fishing with Mr. Nicolaides on 8th August 2012, all pleaded guilty to fishing without a permit and obstructing officers in the course of their duties after being caught returning from the Foulnaze Bed at Lytham slip. All were fined £400 plus costs of £500, whilst fishing equipment, including a boat and a motor were confiscated. 

In a separate prosecution on 28th March, Kevin Brennan was fined £500 and ordered to pay £500 costs having been caught fishing without a permit on a closed bed at Southport on December 13th 2012. He also forfeited 414kg ockles, worth £579.90, which were confiscated by fishery officers.


NWIFCA Text Alerts - 1 May 2013

The NWIFCA is planning to implement a new way of communicating with our stakeholders using text messaging. Stakeholders who have given their mobile phone numbers will receive occasional texts, alerting them to useful information about particular fisheries, stakeholder meetings, or inviting them to engage in NWIFCA consultations.

If you would like to be contacted in this way, please send your name, phone number and, if relevant, any NWIFCA Byelaw permit numbers you hold to Alternatively you can phone the office directly with the information.

The NWIFCA will only use your phone number to communicate with you regarding fisheries matters and other relevant marine issues. We will NOT share your information with any other organisations. 


The IFCA Vision is to lead, champion and manage a sustainable marine environment and inshore fisheries, by successfully securing the right balance between social, environmental and economic benefits to ensure healthy seas, sustainable fisheries and a viable industry.


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