NWIFCA latest newsletter September 2013

The latest newsletter from the NW Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority can be downloaded from the link below. It includes news about inshore fisheries in the North West, along with an update on the MCZs consultation and European Marine Site (EMS) management review. As part of this review, 6 EMS sites in the North West were identified as at high risk of damage from fishing and Defra required them to have management measures in place by the end of 2013.  The 6 sites were:

  • Solway Firth reef
  • Lune Deep EMS & Morecambe Bay EMS bedrock and boulder cobble reef
  • Morecambe Bay seagrass beds
  • Walney Channel boulder and cobble reef
  • Heysham flat Sabellaria alveolata reef
  • Hilbre Island Sabellaria alveolata reef

Development of the closure areas, for EMS management, has been done in close consultation with the stakeholders who are likely to be impacted. In one particular case, the engagement has had a significant effect on the management approach with the Solway Firth reef being downgraded to ‘amber’, medium risk.  For the full newsletter and links to further information on the NWIFCA management measures, follow this link.

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