Sussex IFCA

Sussex IFCA Shellfish Permit Byelaw

The Sussex IFCA Shelfish Permit Byelaw is now up and running. 

The full Byelaw can be viewed here:

Shellfish Permit Byelaw (PDF, 1.07 MB)

A guide to explaining the conditions of the new Shellfish Permit Byelaw, including pot numbers, fees and other conditions, can be viewed here:

Shellfish Permit guidance document (PDF, 400 KB)

Notification of the new Sussex IFCA Shellfish Permit Byelaw can be downloaded here:

  Shellfish Permit Byelaw notification (PDF, 357KB)


Notification of new conservation measure for lobster:

Berried Lobster prohibition (PDF, 348 KB)

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the Shellfish Permit

Shellfish Permit FAQs (PDF, 240 KB)

How to apply for a Shellfish Permit

(follow the link for Application Forms and instructions)

Sussex IFCA Oyster Permit Byelaw

The new Sussex IFCA Oyster Permit Byelaw can be downloaded here:

Oyster Permit Byelaw (PDF, 600KB)

To explain the new oyster permit byelaw, Sussex IFCA has produced a guide, which can be viewed via the link below:

** Click here for Oyster Permit Byelaw Guide**

The page also contains a link to the Byelaw, and a permit application form.

Draft Marine Protected Area Byelaw and Kingmere Marine Conservation Zone Regulatory Notice - pending sign off by Secretary of State

The draft MPA Byelaw can be downloaded here:

draft MPA Byelaw (PDF, 787 KB)

The draft Kingmere Regulatory Notice can be downloaded here:

draft Kingmere Regulatory Notice (PDF, 1.4 MB)

A matrix summarising proposed management can be downloaded here:

Proposed Kingmere Management  (PDF, 512 KB)

The Kingmere MCZ Sussex IFCA and Angling Trust Angling Code of Conduct can be downloaded here:

Kingmere Angling Code of Conduct (PDF, 361 KB)

New Bass Management Measures

To help the recreational fishing community understand the new bass management measures, Sussex IFCA has produced the following information

** Click here for further information **



Thank you for taking an interest in Sussex Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority website. We hope you find it easy and interesting to explore with the information you need. Perhaps it inspires you to discover more about the marine environment along the Sussex coast and how abundant and diverse the marine fora and flora are. 


We know many of you are increasingly interested in our seas and how they are managed and protected, so we’ve tried to include information that will meet everyone ’s needs.


For those who are interested in the marine biology, the site contains detailed information on some of the most well known finfish and shellfish species that live in the area. With google earth you can view the location of different habitats on the seafloor and understand what species live within them.


If you are either a commercial or recreational fishermen you can access information on local fisheries regulations and download documents to help you understand the rules and why we control fishing.


For those who want to find out more about the management you can access our future plans to further improve management and how to become involved in the process. If you have something you want to say about the work we are doing or the information we provide please let us know.


Through its stated ‘Vision’ the Authority is committed to the protection and management of Sussex marine fisheries and the conservation of the environment for everyone. Our team is committed to improve the future for Sussex coastal waters with you.


Tim Dapling

Chief Fisheries and Conservation Officer