Section 155 & 156 Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009

The Closed Areas Byelaw 2021

Pursuant to the above Act, Eastern IFCA intends to apply to the Minister for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for the confirmation of the following byelaw within the Eastern IFCA district:

This byelaw is intended to replace the Marine Protected Areas Byelaw 2018, amend 3 of the existing closures in place under that byelaw and close additional areas to fishing with bottom towed gear and in one area handwork and crab tiling, within 5 Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Eastern IFCA District. The intended effect of this byelaw is to prevent impact on the site integrity of the MPAs whilst minimising the socio- economic impact of spatial closures on fisheries livelihoods.

The full text of the above byelaw, associated Impact Assessment, charts and coordinates of the closed areas and further information can be inspected at, or obtained from

Eastern IFCA: 6 North Lynn Business Village, Bergen Way, King’s Lynn, PE30 2JG. Tel: 01553 775321; email:;


Any person wishing to comment, support or object to the byelaw must do so in writing before 12pm on 4th February 2022, to the CEO of Eastern IFCA at the above address and send a copy to:

Marine Conservation and Enforcement Team, Marine Management Organisation, Lancaster House, Hampshire Court, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE4 7HY,



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