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TOPIC: Fisheries Protection Talk at NOC 3rd November 7.30 pm

Fisheries Protection Talk at NOC 3rd November 7.30 pm 8 years 11 months ago #1

Public Marine Life Talks at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton.
Easy 10 min walk from red funnel terminal.
First dock gate to right (Dock Gate 4) then follow signs.
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The Marine Life Talks are held in the Henry Charnock Lecture Theatre on the first Thursday of each month at 7.30pm and are scheduled to finish around 8.30pm.
These talks are open to members of the public

November Talk ALREADY HELD:-
Local marine fisheries and conservation,

by Dr Antony Jensen –
The past few years have seen a major change in fisheries and inshore conservation management in England.
The ‘Marine Bill’ led to the development of the Sea Fisheries Committees (first set up in the late 1800s) into Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities (IFCAs) in April 2011, with new powers and enforcement responsibilities; the processes of ‘Finding Sanctuary’ and ‘Balanced Seas’ have led to proposed new European Special Areas of Conservation being defined along our coast, especially off Dorset and the process of defining National Marine Conservation Areas is in progress.

The local IFCA, Southern IFCA, is responsible for the current and future management of our coastal waters out to six miles off the coast between the Sussex/Hampshire border and the Dorset/Devon border. The talk will highlight the new responsibilities of the Southern IFCA in relation to current local fisheries and conservation issues and contrast some of the expectations with the actual legal realities of the new legislation.]

Comments resulting from the talk:-Many different agencies will be involved with introducing & enforcing the legislation that will be required for Marine Conservation Zones. For instance, SIFCA can introduce bylaws to control commercial fishing but cannot introduce them to control the passage of leisure craft (which would be responsibility of local government authorities). Jenson saw considerable difficulties arising from this.
Jenson expressed a personal opinion that all forms of trawling within 3 miles of shore plus anywhere in MCZs will become banned within the near future.
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