Changes to commercial fishing on the north Northumberland coast are being enacted in an attempt to preserve the area’s precious maritime environments.
As part of the Defra-led Revised Approach to the Management of Commercial Fisheries in European Marine Sites, the Northumberland Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority has brought in a new byelaw this month prohibiting the use of mobile fishing gear.
The ban will soon be in operation within the English section of the Berwickshire and North Northumberland Coast Special Area of Conservation.
A copy of the byelaw can be seen on the NIFCA website at www.nifca.gov.uk and copies can be obtained from the NIFCA office at 8 Ennerdale Road, Blyth, Northumberland, NE24 4RT.
NIFCA chief executive Mike Hardy explained that the new byelaw is intended to prevent damage or further deterioration to the designated conservation features, namely the rocky reefs, coble reefs and areas of sea grass.
On behalf of Northumberland IFCA, Mr Hardy wanted also to thank the fishing industry for their patience and understanding regarding the implementation of this byelaw.