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The next scheduled Quarterly Meeting is due to take place on Friday 11th March 2016, and the TSB on 10th May 2016

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

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 m.knott@nw-ifca.gov.uk 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 2016EC 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


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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