Scilly’s Amateur Fishermen To Discuss Pot Limits

fishing boatThe islands’ amateur fishermen will meet tonight to discuss voluntarily restricting their daily catch.

The professional Fisherman’s Association want hobbyists limited to six pots each and two shellfish a day. But the hobbyists want to fish with up to ten pots.

Maritime Officer Steve Watt says what happens next hinges on the commercial fishermen’s AGM on Thursday. If they don’t accept any quota proposals put forward by the hobbyists tonight, the IFCA could be asked to make a byelaw when they meet in June.

Some IFCA members want a byelaw made quickly because they don’t feel voluntary agreements work.

The commercial fishermen are considering a pot limitation scheme of their own because of concerns about mainland boats arriving in Scilly with thousands of pots per boat. They want to put in restrictions to prevent this happening.

The IFCA may well consider a byelaw that combines two levels of limitations – one for licensed fishermen and one for hobby fishermen.

The meeting is being held in the Slip Inn at 5.30pm.