Sussex Net Free Zone

More than 170 sea anglers wrote to Sussex IFCA asking them for a Sussex Net Free Zone out to 2km or the 10m depth contour. However, Sussex IFCA has ignored your request and is currently proceeding with a flawed plan which:

  • Would allow trawlers to come within quarter of a mile of the shore.
  • Would allow fixed netters to continue netting right up to the shore (the current “1.5 metres of water above the headrope” byelaw is woefully inadequate and only applies between 1 May and 30 September).
  • Fails the IFCA’s legal obligation to protect salmonids from inshore netting.
  • Completely fails to recognise the public as the major economic stakeholder in the Sussex fishery.
  • Fails the IFCA’s statutory obligation to balance the needs of sea anglers with the needs of commercial fishermen.

The next IFCA Committee meeting is on 1st November.  Please help us crank up the pressure by:

  1. Emailing the IFCA Committee members.
  2. Telephoning as many IFCA Committee members as you can, telling them you want them to support a Sussex Net Free Zone and that the current proposals are not good enough.
  3. Spreading the word to other anglers in Sussex.
  4. Attending the Sussex IFCA Committee meeting at 12.45pm on Thursday 1 November.

This is a once in a generation chance to get a better deal for sea anglers in Sussex.  Let’s grab it with both hands.

Email Sussex IFCA Committee Members

Please use the suggested email text outlined below or write your own content.

Either copy and paste the text below or write your own response.

Dear Sussex IFCA

I should be extremely grateful if you would forward this email to the Sussex IFCA Committee members.

Dear Sussex IFCA Committee member

I would like you to support Save Our Sea Bass’ Sussex Net Free Zone proposal at the Committee meeting on 1 November.  I hope to attend and look forward to you representing my interests.

The proposals that are currently being progressed are not acceptable for the following reasons:

  • Would allow trawlers to come within quarter of a mile of the shore.
  • Would allow fixed netters to continue netting right up to the shore (the current “1.5 metres of water above the headrope” byelaw is woefully inadequate and only applies between 1 May and 30 September).
  • Fails the IFCA’s legal obligation to protect salmonids from inshore netting.
  • Completely fails to recognise the public as the major economic stakeholder in the Sussex fishery.
  • Fails the IFCA’s statutory obligation to balance the needs of sea anglers with the needs of commercial fishermen.

Instead, I want:

  • A net free zone throughout Sussex out to the 10m contour line or the best fit depth contour line constructed from a 2km distance from chartered Mean High-Water Line (MHWL).
    • This will allow sea anglers to fish from the shore throughout Sussex without conflict with commercial fishing.
    • It will provide protection for important and vulnerable nearshore flora and fauna.
  • The IFCA to live up to its legal obligation to protect Salmonids. Fixed nets must have 5 metres of water above net headlines at all states of tide and for the entire year.  Salmonids spend 70% to 85% of their time in the 0 – 5 metres depth.

Yours faithfully,

[Insert name]

If you are having problems with the ‘Send Email Now’ button you can create and send the email yourself:

1. Create a new email in your mail client and address ‘To’: admin@sussex-ifca.gov.uk

2. Copy to the email address ‘cc’: info@saveourseabass.org

3. Enter the ‘subject’: Sussex Net Free Zone

4. Copy and paste the suggested content, or create your own content, and insert into the body of the email

5. Sign the email with your name and send.

Note: We have included the Save Our Sea Bass email address in copy, so that we can keep track of how many emails have been sent.  If you don’t wish us to receive a copy, please remove our email address from the copy field.

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