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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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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 Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (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 both discuss the proposed management and look at available information. Please visit the consultations page for more 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

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