It was quickly established that all of our fish aboard ( we keep a measuring board on the boat - which impressed the officers), net sizes and documentation were all in order. We chatted about EU regulations ( the Blue Book) and were asked if we knew about the "Code of Practice" regards Red Mullet netting? After explaining that we have actually got those rules on our website ( HERE) the officers complimented us on our forward thinking and after handshakes all round we continued back to harbour. It must be said that the cordiality, professionalism and courtesy of the officers was outstanding.
Cornwall IFCA is responsible for marine fisheries and environmental management in our inshore waters and estuaries. It was established on 1 April 2011 as a result of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009. The Authority has taken over the duties, responsibilities and assets of Cornwall Sea Fisheries Committee, together with a broader remit for the sustainable management of the inshore marine environment.
The picture represents nine different types of fish and shellfish but can you name them all? We will list the answers tomorrow.