Results of September’s beach clean by ACA volunteers on Cockleridge: 2016

The results can be viewed by clicking on the link below:-

http://www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch/beach/cockleridge-nr-bantham-beach/survey100m/2016-09-18/summary

‘Water mills on the Devon Avon – an exploration of historical sites’

Thursday 24th November 2016
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Once upon a time there was a surprising number of water mills along the length of the Devon Avon, supporting a way of life that has now largely disappeared.  However, many fascinating remnants still exist and this talk, ‘Water mills on the Devon Avon – an exploration of historical sites’,  by Joddy Chapman will set the scene.   The talk is jointly presented by the Aune Conservation Association and Bigbury History Society in Bigbury Memorial Hall (StAnn’s Chapel, Bigbury, TQ7 4HQ).  All will be welcome to attend.  Tea and biscuits will be available.  There will be a small entry charge to cover our costs.

BEACH CLEAN on COCKLERIDGE _ Sunday 18th September 2016

As part of the Marine Conservation Society’s Great British Beach Clean – 2016, we are organising a clean up of rubbish on Cockleridge on Sunday 18th September between 3pm & 4pm (low water will be around 2.00pm) – weather permitting   You can sign up via this link -  http://www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch/user/register

The main purposes of these events are both to rid the estuary of unsightly rubbish and to protect those species which may be damaged or destroyed by its presence in, on, under or near the water.   Secondary objectives are to have fun on the beach or river  and enjoy each others company.

Most of these beach cleans are held in association with the Marine Conservation Society.  As a condition of participation, all volunteers are expected to adhere strictly to commonsense  Safety Guidelines at all times and to follow the advice of the Organiser on the day as conditions may vary.   The guidelines can be scrutinised by clicking here – ACA BEACH CLEANS3

If in doubt call Stuart Watts on 01548 810373.

We shall be recording details of what we find to complement our previous surveys and to add to the national database maintained by the Marine Conservation Society.

All are welcome but no unaccompanied minors, please.  Please come equipped with stout footwear, gardening gloves, warm clothes, etc. If you have any spare collection sacks, they would be useful.

Netting Permit Byelaw – publicity events

Devon and Severn IFCA are holding a number of events to publicise the proposed Netting Permit Byelaw.   Please join Officers at the promotion trailer that will be at the following venues between 1600hrs and 2000hrs.  This is your opportunity to ask questions and find out more information.  Large charts showing estuaries and coastal areas will be on display as well as the byelaw and permit conditions.  Copies will be available for you to take away.  Please advertise this as widely as possible within the fishing community.

Churchfields car park, Appledore, EX39 1RL                                         15th August 2016
Cove car park, The Cove, Ilfracombe, EX34 9EN                                   16th August 2016
Fish Quay, Sutton Harbour, Plymouth, PL4 0LH                                  17th August 2016
Imperial Road Recreational Ground, Exmouth, EX8 1DB                    18th August 2016
The Den, Den Crescent, Teignmouth, TQ14 8AA                                  19th August 2016
Quay West car park, Quay West, Minehead, TA24 5UP                      22nd August 2016
Entrance to Sailing Club, The Promenade, Clevedon, BS21 7QU       23rd August 2016
Manor Road car park, Sidmouth, EX10 8RR                                         24th August 2016
Car park, Creek boat park, Gould Road, Salcombe, TQ8 8DU             25th August 2016
Freshwater Quarry car park, Blackball Lane, Brixham, TQ5 8BA        26th August 2016

The byelaw, permit conditions and charts can be viewed in advance on our website: www.devonandsevernifca.gov.uk/public-consultation-

Regards,

Mat Mander
Deputy Chief Officer (Enforcement)

IMPORTANT LOCAL CONSULTATIONS

Some important relevant consultations that are live at the moment  :

1.    The South Devon AONB Planning Guidance Consultation is now open until Tuesday 16th August 2016. For full details, please visit www.southdevonaonb.org.uk/our-work/responding-to-planning/south-devon-aonb-planning-guidance-consultation

We are also presently preparing a guide to preparing a ‘Construction Environmental Management Plan’ – essentially an audit of all the potential environmental impacts of a development, from inception to post build use, and how each impact will be mitigated to safeguard the setting and ‘downstream’ habitats of the development.

2.   The Devon and Severn Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority has formally advertised the proposed Netting Permit Byelaw 2016 yesterday and the period of public consultation on the Byelaw has started.

The proposed Byelaw will provide the Authority with the ability to balance the needs of persons netting with the requirements to secure a sustainable marine eco-system and local socio-economic environment for the benefit of all sea users.  Any person that uses a net, other than of a type specified in the byelaw, to fish in the Authority’s District is required to do so in accordance with a permit issued by the Authority.  Under this byelaw the Authority will have the ability, among other things, to restrict the number of nets that can be used, where the nets can be used and introduce a daily catch limit.  The permit conditions contain all the Authority’s management restrictions that apply to netting activity in the District.  The permit conditions will be reviewed when necessary on the basis of best available evidence and within a time period not exceeding three years.

A full text of the above Byelaw, the permit conditions and the associated Impact Assessment can be inspected at, or obtained from Devon & Severn IFCA, Brixham Laboratory, Freshwater Quarry, Brixham, Devon, TQ5 8BA. Tel: 01803 854648; Email: office@devonandsevernifca.gov.uk or viewed on www.devonandsevernifca.gov.uk

Any person wishing to comment, support or object to the confirmation of the above Byelaw must do so in writing to:

Marine Conservation and Enforcement Team, Marine Management Organisation, Lancaster House, Hampshire Court, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE4 7YH (or IFCAbyelaws@marinemanagement.org.uk) by 22nd September 2016 and must send a copy to the Chief Officer at Devon & Severn IFCA, Brixham Laboratory, Freshwater Quarry, Brixham, Devon, TQ5 8BA (or office@devonandsevernifca.gov.uk  ).

The Authority intends to hold a series of events between 15th and 26th August 2016 around the district to publicise the Byelaw consultation and to provide you with an opportunity to discuss the proposals with the Authority’s officers.  Some venues are yet to be confirmed so please visit our website or contact the office after 29th July 2016 to find out when and where the events will be held.