Scallop Closed Season

SEA FISHERIES REGULATION ACT 1966


The Committee for the Sussex Sea Fisheries District in exercise of its powers under Section 5 of the Sea Fisheries Regulation Act 1966 hereby makes the following byelaw:K

ANNUAL SEASON FOR THE REMOVAL OF SCALLOPS (Pecten maximus)
This byelaw applies to any part of the district within a line drawn on the seaward side of the baselines 6 nautical miles from the baselines from which the breadth of the territorial sea adjacent to the United Kingdom is measured.

For the purposes of this paragraph "the baselines" means the baselines as they existed at 25th January 1983 in accordance with the Territorial Waters Order in Council 1964 (1965 111 p. 6452A) as amended by the Territorial Waters  (Amendment) Order in Council 1979 (1979 11 p. 2866).

(i) In this Byelaw, "the prohibited season" shall mean the period from 1st June to 31st October in any year, both dates inclusive.

(ii) No person shall dredge for scallops (Pecten maximus) during the prohibited season.

(iii) During the prohibited season no person shall remove from the fishery using any trawl more than 200 scallops (Pecten maximus) during any period of 24 hours commencing at midnight.

I hereby certify that the above byelaw was made by the Committee at its meeting held on 29th April 2004.

Signed
T.M. Dapling
Clerk to the Committee

The foregoing Byelaw is hereby CONFIRMED on behalf of the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 7 of the Sea Fisheries Regulation Act 1966; IN WITNESS whereof the Official Seal of the Secretary of State for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is hereunto affixed on Lindsay Harris Head of Sea Fisheries Conservation Division.

Explanatory Note (This note does not form part of the above byelaw)
The Committee's current Fishing Instrument Byelaw prohibits the use of scallop dredges, except in that part of the District which lies between three and six nautical miles from baselines. A closed season for scallop dredge use is intended to protect spawning stock, and promote growth rates. A by-catch provision has been established for vessels engaged in trawling.

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