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Consultation on the future management of fishery orders
The consultation follows the announcement made by Rural Affairs Minister, Elin Jones, that the Welsh Assembly Government will assume full responsibility for the management and enforcement of sea fisheries in Wales.
The fishery Orders are currently held by the two Sea Fisheries Committees (SFC) in Wales, which are due to be amalgamated with the Welsh Assembly Government Fisheries Unit. The consultation will seek to prevent the loss of valuable fisheries managed by the SFCs under fishery Orders.
Fishery Orders granted by the Minister give individuals or organisations the exclusive rights to fish for specified species of shellfish within a designated area, or the rights to regulate such a fishery
Fishery Orders also provide protection for the fisheries against potentially damaging activities. The Orders are aimed at encouraging long-term investment in fisheries and ensuring that they are sustainably managed.
The Welsh Assembly Government would urge anyone who has an interest to get involved and have their say. The consultation document is available from the related link on the right.