North Eastern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority is informally consulting on a new fisheries byelaw regulation which would apply to the taking of cockles throughout its district, from the River Tyne to the North East Lincolnshire coast. It is intended that the taking of any cockles either commercially or in a hobby capacity would be controlled through a permitting scheme.
In addition it is proposed that the following measures would also apply to the collection of cockles:
- Only hand rake harvesting permitted;
- Closed season between May and August inclusive;
- Minimum cockle size;
- Mandatory submission of monthly catch and effort returns;
- Controls on the number of permits issued each year by area;
- Mechanisms to close individual fisheries for a number of reasons if required;
- For a full copy of the Cockle Management Byelaw - please click on the link below. Hard copies can be emailed or posted upon request from the Authority’s main office below.
Comments on the proposed regulation can be made as follows:
Telephone: 01482 393515
East Riding of Yorkshire Council
Comments must be received before 5pm on Monday 30th April 2012 to be considered. cockle byelaw consultation document