Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009
Historically, the Sea Fisheries Committees that came before the IFCAs were under no obligation to assess or manage recreational fishing. Now, under the Marine and Coastal Access Act (2009), NIFCA has a legislative duty to seek to ensure the sustainability of sea fisheries resources as well as balancing the social and economic benefits. The term “sea fisheries resources” means any plant or animal that live in the marine environment, excluding migratory fish and freshwater fish (including salmon and trout). Migratory and freshwater fish are managed by the Environment Agency. You can view the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 here.
Stakeholders should note that fisheries legislation extends beyond that of NIFCA byelaws which should be researched prior to any fishing activity takes place.
In addition, Kingfisher have launched an interactive map showing restrictions in UK waters on the Kingfisher website.