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Herring fishing

 

No person shall use when fishing for herring within that part of the Local Fisheries District      

which is situated in the Thames Estuary West of a line 120’E, a drift net with a mesh of less than

54 millimetres or a trawl net with a mesh of less than 50 millimetres as measured in accordance with Commission Regulation (EEC) 2108/84.

 

No person shall remove herring from within that part of the Local Fisheries District which is situated within the Thames Estuary west of a line longitude 1o10’E after the date determined annually as the closure date of the Thames Estuary Herring Fishery (when the total allowable catch for that fishery has been taken up).

 

No person shall operate a trawl, dredge or anchored net over or on the Eagle Bank off the coast of the County of Essex and/or Studhill (known also as the Herring Bank) off the coast of the County of Kent during the period 1st February to 1st June in any year.

 

No person or persons shall use when fishing for herring from a vessel any drift net or group of drift nets exceeding 250 metres in length in the areas defined as the Eagle Bank and Studhill (also known as the Herring Bank) between 1 March and 30 June.

 

For the purpose of this byelaw, the Eagle Bank is defined as the area enclosed by a straight line drawn from a point 510 44.683’N, 010 04.417’E to a point 510 43.85’N, 010 05.17’E, thence to a point 510 44.1’N, 010 03.917’E, thence to a point 510 44.58’N, 010 02.67’E, and finally to a point 510 44.683’N, 010 04.417’E. Studhill (known also as the Herring Bank) is defined as the area enclosed within a radius of one nautical mile from the end of the landing stage at Herne Bay pier, situated at latitude 510 23’N and longitude 10 07’E.

Bass nursery area at Bradwell

 

No person shall remove any seafish from that part of the District around Bradwell Power Station which is covered by the Bass (Specified Areas) (Prohibition of Fishing) Order 1990, SI 1990 No. 1156, during the period 1st May and 31st October inclusive in any year, except for scientific purposes with the written permission of the Committee. 

 

For the purpose of this byelaw, the Bass Nursery Area is the area between the baffle wall and the Bradwell foreshore enclosed by lines drawn perpendicular (1450 true) from the North East and South West corners of the baffle wall to the shore.

Minimum fish sizes for certain species

 

No person shall take from the fishery any of the undermentioned species that measure less than the sizes prescribed below:-

 

(i)  Grey mullet, 30cm in length.

(ii) Skates and rays, 40cm being the measurement taken from the extreme tips of the wings; when winged no wing shall measure less than 19cm in a straight line from the tip of the wing to the centre of the cut edge when detached from the body.