Spearfishing Code of Conduct
Method of measurement
This notice is intended to provide information on the correct method of measuring finfish, crustacea and molluscs within the Sussex IFCA District
Section 6 of The Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 (Transitional and Savings Provisions) Order 2011, transfers the byelaws of the Sussex Sea Fisheries Committee to its replacement, the Sussex Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority. The Order can be viewed here: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2011/603/made?view=plain
The Sussex Inshore Fisheries and Conservation District
The Sussex Inshore Fisheries and Conservation District is defined in the Sussex Inshore Fisheries and Conservtaion District Order 2010 S.I. no. 2199 available online at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2010/2199/made
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The extents of the Sussex IFCA district are defined as:
(Source The Sussex Inshore Fisheries and Conservation District Order 2010 s.i. No 2199)
(1) There is to be an inshore fisheries and conservation district known as the Sussex Inshore Fisheries and Conservation District (“the district”).
(2) The district is the area that consists of—
(a) the combined areas of the relevant councils (the “basic area” of the district); and
(b) the adjacent area of sea (see paragraph (4)).
(3) The “relevant councils” are—
* West Sussex County Council;
* East Sussex County Council;
* Brighton and Hove City Council.
(4) The “adjacent area of sea” is so much of the sea adjacent to the basic area of the district as lies—
(a) within the boundaries specified in paragraph (5); and
(b) to a distance of 6 nautical miles from the 1983 baselines.
(5) Those boundaries are—
(a) a loxodromic line joining the co-ordinates numbered 1 and 2 in Part 1 of the Table in the Schedule; and
(b) a loxodromic line joining the co-ordinates numbered 1 and 2 in Part 2 of that Table.
(6) In this article—
(a) “the 1983 baselines” means the baselines for the measurement of the breadth of the territorial sea of the United Kingdom as they existed at 25th January 1983 in accordance with the Territorial Waters Order in Council 1964(3);
(b) “co-ordinate” means a co-ordinate of latitude and longitude on the World Geodetic System 1984; and
(c) “nautical mile” means an international nautical mile of 1,852 metres.
3(5) SCHEDULE Co-ordinates
Minimum legal sizes
The following minimum sizes for finfish, crustacea and mollusc species currently apply within the Sussex Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority's District. Variations in size regulations may exist with respect to species captured outside Sea Area ICES Division VIId, which are then transported into the District.
Click here for a guide to where the measurement is taken. Unless specified all measurements apply to the dimension of length. Additional information regarding the method of measurement for fish, crustacea and molluscs should be referred to if necessary.
|HORSE MACKEREL||15 cm|
|DOVER SOLE||24 cm|
|LOBSTER (Homarus gammarus)||87 mm||carapace length|
|EDIBLE CRAB (Cancer pagurus)||140 mm||carapace width|
|VELVET CRAB (Necora puber)||65 mm||carapace width|
|SPIDER CRAB (Maia squinado)||
130 mm (males) 120 mm (females)
|CRAWFISH (Palinurus spp.)||95 mm||carapace length|
|QUEEN SCALLOP (Chlamys spp)||40 mm||shell width|
|KING SCALLOP (Pecten maximus)||110 mm||shell width|
|WHELK (Buccinum undatum)||45 mm||shell length|
|RAZOR CLAM (Ensis spp)||10 cm||shell length|
|OYSTER (native) (Ostrea edulis)||7 cm *|
* The shell must be unable to pass through a circular ring with a 70 mm internal diameter