Fishermen invited to learn about byelaws

Chief Fishery Officer Al Browne aboard the NIFCA patrol vessel St Aidan.'Picture by Jane Coltman
Chief Fishery Officer Al Browne aboard the NIFCA patrol vessel St Aidan.'Picture by Jane Coltman

Northumberland Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (NIFCA) is holding a series of stakeholder events regarding their revised package of byelaws which have just come into effect.

There is an event taking place at the Olde Ship Inn, in Seahouses, from 6pm to 8pm tonight, while another takes place at the NIFCA office, 8 Ennerdale Road, Blyth, from 6pm to 8pm on Tuesday.

The main revisions to the byelaws are firstly that a charge will apply for all NIFCA permits from 2016 and secondly that edible crab can now be used as bait for recreational rod fishing where the edible crab used is above the statutory minimum landing size.

Further details and a full text of the revised NIFCA byelaws can be found on the authority’s website at www.nifca.gov.uk or contact the office by telephone on 01670 797676 or email nifca@nifca.gov.uk