Welcome to our site

Thank you for taking an interest in Sussex Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority website. We hope you find it easy and interesting to explore with the information you need. Perhaps it inspires you to discover more about the marine environment and fisheries along the Sussex coast and how abundant and diverse the marine fora and flora are.

We know many of you are increasingly interested in our seas and how they are managed and protected, so we’ve tried to include information that will meet everyone ’s needs.

For those who are interested in the marine biology, the site contains detailed information on some of the most well known finfish and shellfish species that live in the area..

If you are either a commercial or recreational fishermen you can access information on local fisheries regulations and download documents to help you understand the rules and why we manage fishing.

Take a virtual look at our Ditrict with our interactive map

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For those who want to find out more about fisheries management you can access our plans to further improve management and how you can become involved in the process. If you have something you want to say about the work we are doing or the information we provide please let us know.

Through the stated IFCA ‘Vision’ we are committed to the sustainable management of Sussex marine fisheries and the conservation of the environment for everyone. Our team is committed to improve the future for Sussex coastal waters with you.

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Please let CEFAS know if you catch a tagged starry smooth-hound. Further details in this poster.

Management of Inshore Marine Protected Areas by the IFCAs

Since their inception in 2011, the IFCAs have led the development of effective management for inshore Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in England. To date IFCAs have introduced 23 new byelaws for the management of fishing activities in inshore MPAs, including the Sussex Marine Protected Area Byelaw covering Kingmere, Beachy Head West, Utopia and Pagham Harbour Marine Conservation Zones. As the IFCAs support the UK Government’s commitments to deliver a wellmanaged network of MPAs to help achieve the “Blue Belt” around the coast of Great Britain, they have delivered exceptional value for money by managing stakeholder led decisions to support local communities. Read more here.

2019 Bass regulations for commercial and recreational fishing

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

We have completed the informal stage consultation on how we manage netting fisheries and how we manage nearshore trawling in the District. Thank you to all those who took the time to attend our drop in sessions and who sent us responses to the consultation documents. We have reviewed the responses and a summary of each is available on the consultations page.The Authority is now considering management options. Any further formall consultations will take place in 2019 and will be available on our website.

Essential Fish Habitats: Natural capital & Ecosytem services
As part of our consultations we have produced a factsheet to expalin what Natural Capital and their Ecosystem Services means for essential fish habitats and fisheries here.

Chichester Harbour
See some of our latest Chichester Harbour project work  here .

Sussex Shellfish Permit Byelaw
If you fish for lobster, crab, whelk, cuttlefish or prawns in Sussex District then you need a shellfish permit from Sussex IFCA. See the guidance information here.

Read the results of our shellfish permit holder survey here, Also, read our 2016/17 report on the Sussex shellfishery here

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People in Sussex can all enjoy the beaches and sea around us, from divers, swimmers, anglers, commercial fishers and sailors to people walking along the beaches and cliff tops taking in the sights. How many people know about what’s under the sea, and about the fishing that it supports? The dolphins that frequent the sea around Brighton and the seals that haul out in Chichester Harbour are flagship Sussex species that indicate the incredible marine wildlife that exists more often out of sight.

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There is a diverse commercial fishing fleet that operate off the Sussex Coast. Many boats are under 10m in length and operate inshore, usually within six nautical miles (nm) of the coast. These boats land their catch daily. Most of the fleet operate throughout the year in pursuit of whichever fish or shellfish (and or quota) is available during the season. For example sole are fished in the spring and autumn, bass are targeted in the summer and cod in the winter. There is a thriving recreational sea fishery from the shore and from a fleet of private boats and charter vessels.

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