Archive for July, 2016


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

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: or viewed on

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 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  ).

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.


Please phone us with any information on 101 or e-mail

This message relates to crime no. 50887/16. Overnight of Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th July 2016, Police have received three reports of outboard engines and an inflatable boat being stolen from the Ditch End area in East Portlemouth. We believe the offenders have had to use a boat to reach these moored boats before cutting through padlocks to steal the engines. Would marine/boat owners please be aware and review your security, marking your engines. Take serial numbers and photos to help with identification should a boat, outboard engine are recovered after a theft. If you have any information regarding these incidents please contact 101 or email quoting crime no. 50887/16. Thank you.

ACA BBQ & PICNIC – 8th July 2016

Our BBQ was attended by just under 50 people and, thankfully, although the sky was a bit overcast, the weather was relatively kind to us.   As usual, the estuarine views were astounding!

Here are a few photographs:-

The ram!





Stolen canoe – Aveton Gifford

To Marine watch recipients. This message relates to crime no. 45894/16. Between Tuesday 5th and Friday 8th July 2016 the following canoe was stolen from Aveton Gifford. The canoe is described as being 17ft long dark green Canadian canoe. It has a neat hole drilled in the side at the front of the canoe in order to thread a chain through. There is also a Devon flag sticker to the rear.

If anyone has information regarding the whereabouts of this canoe please contact the Police on 101 or email quoting Crime No. 45894/16. Thank you.

NB  This canoe belongs to an ACA member!