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How are byelaws made?

At the present time the Kent and Essex Sea Fisheries Committee has 21 separate byelaws which are aimed at conserving and maintaining fish stocks within the district.  Byelaws have been developed to address specifically identified issues. Local stakeholders have often contributed to this process as has reference to best practice within other sea fisheries districts.

The creation of a byelaw goes through a detailed and rigorous process before it is implemented.  The process involves development of wording and consultation with defra followed by approval by the Committee prior to advertising for public consultation. Account of objections is taken by Defra prior to consideration for approval .  The whole process can take 12 months depending on any objections, however, once in force, breaking a byelaw can carry a statutory penalty of up to £5,000.

 You can download a copy of our byelaws on the Downloads page.


3. Minimum Fish Sizes for Certain Species
4. Oysters
5. Oyster Cultch
6. Berried Lobsters


7. Winkles

9. Placing and Using of Fixed Engines


21. Fixed Nets

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