Fixed Engines

Fixed engine in this context refers to nets.

The local Sea Fisheries Committee for Sussex Sea Fisheries District (“the Committee”) in the exercise of its powers conferred by section 5 of the Sea Fisheries Regulation Act 1966, revokes its Fixed Engine Byelaw, which was confirmed on 30th August 1994, and replaces it with the following new Byelaw:


The placing and use of any fixed engine in any part of the District is hereby authorised except that:

A. No person shall place or use any fixed engine between the 1st day of May and 30th day of September (both days inclusive) in the following areas:

i. 400 metres either side of the West Groyne Head No 2 light (50 degrees 55.55 mins.N. 000 degrees 46.7 mins.E.) at Rye Harbour and 200 metres seaward of the mark of the lowest astronomical tide.

ii. 400 metres either side of the Eastern Bank (50 degrees 45.52 mins.N. 000 degrees 09.02 mins. E) at the entrance to Cuckmere Haven and 200 metres seaward of the mark of the lowest astronomical tide.

iii. 400 metres East of the landward end (50 degrees 46.9 mins.N. 000 degrees 03.6 mins.E.) of the East Pier and 400 metres West of the landward end (50 degrees 46.75 mins.N. 000 degrees 03.22 mins.E.) of the West Breakwater of Newhaven Harbour and 200 metres seaward of the mark of the lowest astronomical tide.

iv. 400 metres East of the landward end of the Eastern Breakwater (50 degrees 48.7 mins.N. 000 degrees 05.44 mins.W.) and 400 metres West of the landward end of the Western Breakwater (50 degrees 48.79 mins.N. 000 degrees 06.37 mins.W.) of Brighton Marina and 200 metres seaward of the mark of the lowest astronomical tide.

v. 400 metres either side of the landward end (50 degrees 49.59 mins.N. 000 degrees 14.8 mins.W.) of the Western Breakwater of Shoreham Harbour and 200 metres seaward of the mark of the lowest astronomical tide.

vi. 400 metres either side of the landward end (50 degrees 48 mins.N. 000 degrees 32.41 mins.W.) of the Western Arm of Littlehampton Harbour and 200 metres seaward of the mark of the lowest astronomical tide.

B. No person shall place or use any fixed engine other than fyke nets between the 1st day of May and the 30th day of September both days inclusive north of a line drawn across the entrance to Chichester Harbour from East Head (50 degrees 47.3 mins.N. 000 degrees 54.6 mins.W.) to Sandy Point (50 degrees 47.2 mins.N. 000 degrees 56.1.mins.W.)

C. No person shall place or maintain any fixed engine across or partly across any channel or creek north of a line drawn across the entrance to Chichester Harbour from East Head (50 degrees 47.3 mins.N. 000 degrees 54.6 mins.W.) to Sandy Point (50 degrees 47.2 mins.N. 000 degrees 56.1.mins.W.) between the commencement of the last hour before low water and the expiration of the first hour after low water and in the case of any channel or creek or part thereof which becomes dry at low water, during the period between the commencement of the last hour before the tide leaves the channels or creeks or part thereof and the expiration of the first hour after the tide had begun to re-enter the same, between the 1st day of October and the 30th day of April of the following year, both days inclusive.

D. No person shall use in fishing any fixed engine, gillnet or unattended drift net in the remaining areas of the District between the first day of May and the 30th day of September both days inclusive providing that this paragraph shall not apply to:-

i. Any such fixed engine, net or nets with the headline at least 1.5 metres below the surface of the water at any state of the tide; or

ii. Keddle Net stands licensed by Rother District Council under terms of a lease dated the 6th day of February 1986 made between HM the Queen, the Crown Estate Commissioners and Rother District Council.


The above Byelaw was established prior to the extension of the District on 19th March 1996 (S.I. 1996 No. 847 Sea Fisheries, The Sussex Sea Fisheries District (Variation) Order 1996), and therefore shall not apply to any part of the sea beyond three nautical miles from the baselines, as defined in the limits of the Sussex Sea Fisheries District.

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