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Inshore fisheries and conservation authorities will 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 viable industry.

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Beachy Head East Marine Conservation Zone - Informal Consultation Workshops

Have your say! Invitation to Beachy Head East Marine Conservation Zone fisheries management informal consultation workshops. 

Sussex IFCA are about to start their public consultation process on the fisheries management of Beachy Head East (BHE) Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ). For more information please visit the live consultations page.

Live Consultations

Annual Report 

The Sussex IFCA Annual Report for the period April 2021 - March 2022 is now available. 

The IFCA are required, under MaCAA '09, to produce an annual report, which seeks to provide an account of the work delivered during the previous reporting year. This report is sent to the Secretary of State annually following the end of the financial year.

Annual Report

MMO IFCA National Recruitment

The MMO are seeking to appoint to fill current vacancies and create a reserve list for upcoming vacancies. These voluntary roles require candidates who can take a balance approach to caring for our seas, assessing the priorities and needs of all users and stakeholders. It is essential that candidates have some local knowledge of the IFCA area for which they applying. Please click on the link below for more information. Closing date 13th February 2023. 

IFCA National Recruitment

Ghost Fishing

Ghost Fishing UK is a registered charity of volunteer scuba divers, trained in surveying and removing lost fishing gear from UK waters. If you or your vessel has accidently lost fishing gear, please follow the link below to report it. The gear can then be recovered and reunited to the owners, as quickly as possible. 

Ghost Fishing

Proposed Hand Gathering Byelaw 2021 Consultations

Notice is hereby given that Sussex IFCA intends to apply to the Minister for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for confirmation of the Hand Gathering Byelaw 2021.

To support the statutory consultation process for the Sussex IFCA Hand Gathering Byelaw, the Authority arranged opportunities for members of the public to meet with Sussex IFCA Officers, to discuss the proposed management and look at available information.

Consultation Archive

Sussex Bay Sediment Research 

We’re proud to present and support the PhD work of Marianne Glascott, who is researching sediment levels in Sussex, and how this effects our flora and fauna. This will help generate the data necessary to inform better management of our sea resources. This work is undertaken in partnership with Sussex Kelp Recovery Project, Sussex Wildlife Trust, Blue Marine Foundation, and other authorities in the District.

Sussex Bay Sediment Research

Oyster Season 2022 Closure

Following recent stock assessment of the Chichester Harbour oyster beds, we have issued a formal notice of closure.

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Restoring our Kelp Forests

Kelp forests are an essential fish habitat that we are seeking to restore through the management we have introduced, namely the Nearshore Trawling Byelaw. A short film about Sussex kelp forests can be viewed by clicking the Help Our Kelp link below

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Bass Regulations for Commercial and Recreational Fishing

To protect the vulnerable bass population in European seas new regulation is in place.

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National IFCA News

To find out more about IFCA news across the country see the Association of IFCAs website below

AIFCA

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Sussex IFCA
12A Riverside Business Centre
Brighton Rd
Shoreham-by-Sea
West Sussex
BN43 6RE

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Telephone: 01273 454407
Fax: 01273 464668
Email: admin@sussex-ifca.gov.uk
Shellfish Permit Enquiries: database@sussex-ifca.gov.uk

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