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ith lightweight polypots that are weighted to move lightly just over the seabed. There is a short autumn season just after the lobster and crab fishery begins to slow down, and another longer and more productive season in spring between March and April. The prawn fishery is another relatively young industry with little background research. Finfish Relatively few trawling boats operate in the NWNWSFC District and much of the fishing concerned with inshore waters is carried out by angling boats. Bass Bass is a very important angling fish and there are several bass nursery areas in the district to protect juvenile stocks. Skates and Rays Skates and rays in this area are caught on lines by anglers, by trawling and by tangle netting. Fishery Officer Areas Morecambe Bay Fleetwood North Wales Lleyn Peninsula Cardigan Bay (central section) Fisheries Fisheries Shellfish The NWNWSFC monitors the District shellfish stocks and enforces the legislation that protects them. Cockles Cockles are hand-gathered using a jumbo (a long plank with a tall handle which is rocked from side to side on the sand and brings the cockles to the surface) and rake, and then riddled to leave the small cockles behind on the bed. The cockles are collected in net bags and transported directly from the bed to processors in both the UK and Europe. Morecambe Bay has seen unprecedented numbers of cockles and cockle fishermen over the last couple of years and the management of the fishery has had to change radically in response. NWNWSFC have introduced a permit scheme for several areas and plans are in progress to extend this for the whole of the District. Mussels Mussels are also gathered by hand within the District. There are large natural mussel skears in parts of Morecambe Bay and off the Welsh coast. However the largest mussel fishery in the District, and indeed in the UK, is the cultivated fishery in the Menai Strait in North Wales. Mussel growth benefits greatly from careful husbandry. The optimum conditions for mussel growth vary throughout their lifecycle. Mussels are filter feeders, so those located high up on the shoreline with little time underwater do not grow as quickly as those further down the shoreline. However, mussels that are submerged for most of the time have very thin shells and are more susceptible to predation. The most productive mussel fisheries are those which are carefully managed in a similar manner to an agricultural farm, with mussels being moved around as they grow. The largest mussel fishery in our area can be found in the Menai Strait. At either end of the Strait the Committee there are large mussel cultivation areas. These are located within Fishery Orders which establish legal protection for the mussels and enable their cultivation on the sea bed. Small seed mussels are brought to the Strait from eroding mussel beds elsewhere in the District, and laid on the seabed by specialist dredgers. The Strait provides superb growing conditions, and is the UK s biggest mussel producing area: in 2003-04 it produced over 15,000 tonnes of mussels. These mussels are all exported to Europe. The Conwy Mussel Fishery is a smaller Several Order Fishery managed by a group of 20 fishermen who collect the mussels in a more traditional way with long handled rakes from open boats. This fishery produces approximately 300 tonnes of mussels each year, exclusively for the home market. Lobsters , Brown/Edible Crabs and Velvet Crabs Potting vessels operate from a variety of locations all around the Welsh part of the NWNWSFC District, and also from the Barrow/Walney Island area. Although a few hardened operators fish all year round, the main season begins in spring around April after the prawn season has finished, and peters out slowly between autumn and winter. Information on our EC-funded lobster conservation programme can be found by clicking on the link above. Whelks The whelk fishery has become quite important in the last 5 years and is most productive around Holyhead and North Wales. Most of the whelks are exported to Korea, where they are a delicacy. Prawns Prawns are caught with lightweight polypots that are weighted to move lightly just over the seabed. There is a short autumn season just after the lobster and crab fishery begins to slow down, and another longer and more productive season in spring between March and April. The prawn fishery is another relatively young industry with little background research. Finfish Relatively few trawling boats operate in the NWNWSFC District and much of the fishing concerned with inshore waters is carried out by angling boats. Bass Bass is a very important angling fish and there are several bass nursery areas in the district to protect juvenile stocks. Skates and Rays Skates and rays in this area are caught on lines by anglers, by trawling and by tangle netting. Fishery Officer Areas Morecambe Bay Fleetwood North Wales Lleyn Peninsula Cardigan Bay (central section) Fisheries Fisheries Shellfish The NWNWSFC monitors the District shellfish stocks and enforces the legislation that protects them. Cockles Cockles are hand-gathered using a jumbo (a long plank with a tall handle which is rocked from side to side on the sand and brings the cockles to the surface) and rake, and then riddled to leave the small cockles behind on the bed. The cockles are collected in net bags and transported directly from the bed to processors in both the UK and Europe. Morecambe Bay has seen unprecedented numbers of cockles and cockle fishermen over the last couple of years and the management of the fishery has had to change radically in response. NWNWSFC have introduced a permit scheme for several areas and plans are in progress to extend this for the whole of the District. Mussels Mussels are also gathered by hand within the District. There are large natural mussel skears in parts of Morecambe Bay and off the Welsh coast. However the largest mussel fishery in the District, and indeed in the UK, is the cultivated fishery in the Menai Strait in North Wales. Mussel growth benefits greatly from careful husbandry. The optimum conditions for mussel growth vary throughout their lifecycle. Mussels are filter feeders, so those located high up on the shoreline with little time underwater do not grow as quickly as those further down the shoreline. However, mussels that are submerged for most of the time have very thin shells and are more susceptible to predation. The most productive mussel fisheries are those which are carefully managed in a similar manner to an agricultural farm, with mussels being moved around as they grow. The largest mussel fishery in our area can be found in the Menai Strait. At either end of the Strait the Committee there are large mussel cultivation areas. These are located within Fishery Orders which establish legal protection for the mussels and enable their cultivation on the sea bed. Small seed mussels are brought to the Strait from eroding mussel beds elsewhere in the District, and laid on the seabed by specialist dredgers. The Strait provides superb growing conditions, and is the UK s biggest mussel producing area: in 2003-04 it produced over 15,000 tonnes of mussels. These mussels are all exported to Europe. The Conwy Mussel Fishery is a smaller Several Order Fishery managed by a group of 20 fishermen who collect the mussels in a more traditional way with long handled rakes from open boats. This fishery produces approximately 300 tonnes of mussels each year, exclusively for the home market. Lobsters , Brown/Edible Crabs and Velvet Crabs Potting vessels operate from a variety of locations all around the Welsh part of the NWNWSFC District, and also from the Barrow/Walney Island area. Although a few hardened operators fish all year round, the main season begins in spring around April after the prawn season has finished, and peters out slowly between autumn and winter. Information on our EC-funded lobster conservation programme can be found by clicking on the link above. Whelks The whelk fishery has become quite important in the last 5 years and is most productive around Holyhead and North Wales. Most of the whelks are exported to Korea, where they are a delicacy. Prawns Prawns are caught with lightweight polypots that are weighted to move lightly just over the seabed. There is a short autumn season just after the lobster and crab fishery begins to slow down, and another longer and more productive season in spring between March and April. The prawn fishery is another relatively young industry with little background research. Finfish Relatively few trawling boats operate in the NWNWSFC District and much of the fishing concerned with inshore waters is carried out by angling boats. Bass Bass is a very important angling fish and there are several bass nursery areas in the district to protect juvenile stocks. Skates and Rays Skates and rays in this area are caught on lines by anglers, by trawling and by tangle netting. Fishery Officer Areas Morecambe Bay Fleetwood North Wales Lleyn Peninsula Cardigan Bay (central section) Fisheries Fisheries Shellfish The NWNWSFC monitors the District shellfish stocks and enforces the legislation that protects them. Cockles Cockles are hand-gathered using a jumbo (a long plank with a tall handle which is rocked from side to side on the sand and brings the cockles to the surface) and rake, and then riddled to leave the small cockles behind on the bed. The cockles are collected in net bags and transported directly from the bed to processors in both the UK and Europe. Morecambe Bay has seen unprecedented numbers of cockles and cockle fishermen over the last couple of years and the management of the fishery has had to change radically in response. NWNWSFC have introduced a permit scheme for several areas and plans are in progress to extend this for the whole of the District. Mussels Mussels are also gathered by hand within the District. There are large natural mussel skears in parts of Morecambe Bay and off the Welsh coast. However the largest mussel fishery in the District, and indeed in the UK, is the cultivated fishery in the Menai Strait in North Wales. Mussel growth benefits greatly from careful husbandry. The optimum conditions for mussel growth vary throughout their lifecycle. Mussels are filter feeders, so those located high up on the shoreline with little time underwater do not grow as quickly as those further down the shoreline. However, mussels that are submerged for most of the time have very thin shells and are more susceptible to predation. The most productive mussel fisheries are those which are carefully managed in a similar manner to an agricultural farm, with mussels being moved around as they grow. The largest mussel fishery in our area can be found in the Menai Strait. At either end of the Strait the Committee there are large mussel cultivation areas. These are located within Fishery Orders which establish legal protection for the mussels and enable their cultivation on the sea bed. Small seed mussels are brought to the Strait from eroding mussel beds elsewhere in the District, and laid on the seabed by specialist dredgers. The Strait provides superb growing conditions, and is the UK s biggest mussel producing area: in 2003-04 it produced over 15,000 tonnes of mussels. These mussels are all exported to Europe. The Conwy Mussel Fishery is a smaller Several Order Fishery managed by a group of 20 fishermen who collect the mussels in a more traditional way with long handled rakes from open boats. This fishery produces approximately 300 tonnes of mussels each year, exclusively for the home market. Lobsters , Brown/Edible Crabs and Velvet Crabs Potting vessels operate from a variety of locations all around the Welsh part of the NWNWSFC District, and also from the Barrow/Walney Island area. Although a few hardened operators fish all year round, the main season begins in spring around April after the prawn season has finished, and peters out slowly between autumn and winter. Information on our EC-funded lobster conservation programme can be found by clicking on the link above. Whelks The whelk fishery has become quite important in the last 5 years and is most productive around Holyhead and North Wales. Most of the whelks are exported to Korea, where they are a delicacy. Prawns Prawns are caught with lightweight polypots that are weighted to move lightly just over the seabed. There is a short autumn season just after the lobster and crab fishery begins to slow down, and another longer and more productive season in spring between March and April. The prawn fishery is another relatively young industry with little background research. Finfish Relatively few trawling boats operate in the NWNWSFC District and much of the fishing concerned with inshore waters is carried out by angling boats. Bass Bass is a very important angling fish and there are several bass nursery areas in the district to protect juvenile stocks. Skates and Rays Skates and rays in this area are caught on lines by anglers, by trawling and by tangle netting. Fishery Officer Areas Morecambe Bay Fleetwood North Wales Lleyn Peninsula Cardigan Bay (central section) Cartref Home (English) Cartref Pwyllgor Pysgodfeydd Mor Gogledd Orllewin Looegr a Gogledd Cymru North Western and North Wales Sea Fisheries Committee Welcome Pwyllgor Pysgodfeydd M r Gogledd Orllewin Lloegr a Gogledd Cymru The North Western and North Wales Sea Fisheries Committee Home (English) Cartref Croeso i wefan Pwyllgor Pysgodfeydd M r Gogledd Orllewin Lloegr a Gogledd Cymru. Cyrff rheoli bysgodfeydd lleol yw r Pwyllgorau Pysgodfeydd M r (PPM) ac y maent yn annog, yn cynnal ac yn rheoli gweithgareddau r pysgodfeydd m r hyd at 6 m r filltir o r lan. Fe u sefydlwyd yn ystod y 1890au ac fe u rheolir hwynt ar hyn o bryd, o dan y Ddeddf Rheoleiddio Pysgodfeydd M r 1966. Mae r PPM yn gorfodi deddfwriaeth Cenedlaethol a deddfwriaeth yr UE, ac yn gwneud a gorfodi is-ddeddfau lleol. Mae nifer o r Pwyllgorau hefyd yn rant on Gorchmynion Arwahanol a Gorchmynion Rheoleiddio sydd wedi eu hanelu at ddatblygu a rheoli meithrin pysgod cregyn. Mae r PPMGOLL&GC yn gweithredu dau Orchymyn o r fath yn Afon Menai ac yn aber Afon Conwy. Mae r Gorchmynion hyn yn sail i r busnes meithrin cregyn gleision mwyaf yn y DG. Mae 12 o BPM yng Nghymru a Lloegr a r PPMGOLL&GC yw r mwyaf ohonynt. Mae r Rhanbarth yn ymestyn dros 2,000 o f r filltiroedd sgŵar (tros 600,000 o hecterwau), gyda + 926 m r filltir o arfordir rhwng Trwyn Cemaes yng Ngheredigion a Thrwyn Haverigg yng +Nghymbria . Mae gan PPMGOLL&GC gyllideb flynyddol o 605,866 ar gyfer 2003/2004. Ariannir y gyllideb hon gan ardoll ar 11 o awdurdodau lleol, ardoll a wnaethpwyd o dan Offeryn Statudol a + basiwyd yn 1999. Golygir hyn fod y Pwyllgor yn atebol yn ddemocrataidd hanner ei 38 o aelodau wedi eu penodi gan awdurdodau ariannu, tra bo r hanner arall, a apwyntiwyd gan y Llywodraeth, yn cynrychioli diddordebau pysgota, diddordebau gwyddonol neu ddiddordebau amgylcheddol. Cyfarfyddir y Cyd-Bwyllgor dair gwaith y flwyddyn a chefnogir ei waith gan ddau Is-Bwyllgor sydd hefyd yn cyfarfod dair gwaith y flwyddyn. Cyflawnir dyletswyddau r PPMGOLL&GC gan staff o 15 sy n cynnwys y Prif Weithredwr a r Prif Swyddog Pysgodfeydd sy n cydlynu gwaith yr wyth Swyddog Pysgodfeydd, y Prif Wyddonydd, y Cynorthwy-ydd Ymchwil, y Cyfrifydd, y Clerc a r Ysgrifenyddes. Lleolir Cwch Patr l y Pwyllgor, yr "Aegis," yng Nghonwy, a bydd yn patrolio r dyfroedd alltraeth gyda chriw o dri Swyddog Pysgodfeydd. Mae pum Swyddog Pysgodfeydd wedi eu lleoli ar y lan yn patrolio r arfordir a r dyfroedd gyda r glannau gan ddefnyddio beiciau gyriant pedair olwyn a chychod patrolio gyda r glannau (cychod + chwythu i fynnu Zodiac). Home (English) Pwyllgor Pysgodfeydd Mor Gogledd Orllewin Looegr a Gogledd Cymru North Western and North Wales Sea Fisheries Committee Home (English) Welcome to the website of the North Western and North Wales Sea Fisheries Committee. Sea Fisheries Committees (SFCs) are local fisheries management bodies that encourage, maintain and regulate the activity of sea fisheries up to 6 nautical miles offshore. SFCs were established in the 1890s and are currently regulated under the Sea Fisheries Regulation Act of 1966. SFCs enforce National and EU legislation, and make and enforce local byelaws . Many Committees are also grantees of Several and Regulating Orders aimed at developing and managing the cultivation of shellfish. The NWNWSFC operates two such Orders in the Menai Strait and the Conwy Estuary. These Orders form the basis of the largest mussel cultivation operation in the UK. There are 12 SFCs in England and Wales of which the NWNWSFC is the largest. The District covers some 2,000 square nautical miles (over 600,000 hectares), with 925 nautical miles of coastline between Cemaes Head in Ceredigion and Haverigg Point in Cumbria. The NWNWSFC has an annual budget of 605,866 for 2003/04. This budget is funded by a levy on 11 local authorities, made under a Statutory Instrument passed in 1999. This means that the Committee is democratically accountable with half of its 38 members appointed by funding authorities, and the other half by representatives of fishing, scientific or environmental interests appointed by Government. The Joint Committee meets three times a year, and its work is supported by two Sub-Committees, which also meet three times a year. The duties of the NW&NWSFC are performed by a staff of 15 including a Chief Executive and a Principal Fishery Officer who coordinate the work of eight Fishery Officers, a Scientist, Research Assistant, Accountant, Clerk and Secretary. The Committee's Fishery Patrol Vessel Aegis is based in Conwy, and patrols offshore waters with a crew of three Fishery Officers. Five shore-based Fishery Officers patrol the coast and inshore waters with 4WD quad bikes and inshore patrol vessels (Zodiac inflatable boats). Cysylltu Pysgodfeydd W News W Consultations Y Pwyllgor W Links Committee Fisheries News Vacancy Consultations Contact Us Links Byelaws FPV 'Aegis' Cysylltu Pwyllgor Pysgodfeydd Mor Gogledd Orllewin Looegr a Gogledd Cymru North Western and North Wales Sea Fisheries Committee Cysylltu Pwyllgor Pysgodfeydd Mor Gogledd Orllewin Lloegr a Gogledd Cymru Prifysgol Caerhirfryn Bailrigg Caerhirfryn LA1 4YY Ffon: 01524 68745 Ffacs: 844980 Ebost: nwnwsfc@lancaster.ac.uk Y Prif Weithredwr Y Dr. Jim Andrews BSc LLM Mr. Martyn Boyce MA MIMgt Uwch Swyddogion Pysgodfeydd Mr Keith Stone (Ardal Canol Bae Ceredigion) Dr Greta Hughes BA MSc (Ardal Penrhyn Llyn) Mr Phil Capper (Ardal Gogledd Cymru ac Ynys Mon) Mr Steve Brown (Ardal Fleetwood) Mr Steve Waite (Ardal Bae Morecambe) Mr Harry Frost (Meistr y cwch patrol Aegis ) Mr Peter Holmes (Peiriannydd y cwch patrol Aegis ) Y Swyddogion Pysgodfeydd Mr Robbie Ayling (Ardal Bae Morecambe) Mrs Carolyn Williams (Criw y cwch patrol Aegis ) Prif Swyddog Gwyddonol Mr Bill Cook BSc MSc Cynorthwy-ydd Ymchwil MissIngrid Iredale BSc MRes Swyddog Cyllid a Gweinyddu Mr John Davies Clerc y Pwyllgor/Ysgrifennyddes Mrs Irene Andrews Cynorthwy-ydd Gweinyddu Mrs Pauline Price Pysgodfeydd Pwyllgor Pysgodfeydd Mor Gogledd Orllewin Looegr a Gogledd Cymru North Western and North Wales Sea Fisheries Committee Pysgodfeydd Pysgod Cregyn Mae PPMGOLLaGC yn monitor stociau pysgod cregyn yn y Rhanbarth ac yn gorfodi r ddeddfwriaeth sydd yn eu hamddiffyn. Cocos Cesglir cocos hefo jumbo (ystyllen hir gyda handlen sy n cael ei siglo o ochr i ochr ar y tywod er mwyn dod r cocos i r wyneb), a hefo cribyn. Rhoddir y cocos drwy ogor er mwyn gadael y cocos anaeddfed ar l ar y gwely. Cesglir y cocos mewn sachau rhwyd ac fe u cludir yn syth o r gwely i broseswyr yn y DG ac Ewrop. Yn ystod y ddwy flynedd diwethaf gwelwyd mwy o gocos a chasglwyr cocos ym Mae Morecambe na welwyd erioed o r blaen. O ganlyniad, bu n rhaid newid y dull o reoli r bysgodfa n aruthrol. Cyflwynid cynllun caniat u ar gyfer sawl ardal gan y PPMGOLLaGC ac mae r cynlluniau ar y gweill i ymestyn y cynllun hwn led led y Rhanbarth. Cregyn gleision Yn y Rhanbarth fe gesglir cregyn gleision llaw. Mae gwelyau mawr naturiol o gregyn gleision ym Mae Morecambe a ger arfordir Gogledd Cymru. Fodd bynnag, y bysgodfa cregyn gleision mwyaf yn y Rhanbarth ac yn y DG hefyd yw r bysgodfa meithrin yn yr Afon Menai yng Ngogledd Cymru. Mae tyfiant cregyn gleision yn elwa o hwsmonaeth ddan. Mae r amodau mwyaf ffafriol ar gyfer tyfu cregyn gleision yn newid yn ystod eu cylch bywyd. Mae cregyn gleision yn hidlwyr bwyd, o ganlyniad nid yw r rhai sy n byw yn uchel i fynnu r traeth a dim ond o dan y dŵr am gyfnod bur yn tyfu cyn gyflymed r rhai sydd yn is i lawr y traeth. Fodd bynnag, cregyn tennau iawn sydd gan y cregyn gleision sydd o dan y dŵr am y rhan fwyaf o r amser ac mae r rhain yn fwy tueddol i gael eu hysglyfaethu. Y pysgodfeydd cregyn gleision mwyaf llwyddiannus yw r rhai sy n cael eu ffermio n ofalus drwy symyd y cregyn gleision i r mannau delfrydol tra maent yn tyfu. Yn Afon Menai mae r bysgodfa cregyn gleision mwyaf yn ein hardal ni. Mae ardaloedd meithrin cregyn gleision mawr ar y naill ben i Afon Menai. Lloelir y rhain oddi mewn i "Orchymynion Pysgodfeydd" sy n darparu amddiffyniad cyfreithiol i r cregyn gleision er mwyn galleuogi eu meithrin ar wely r m r. Mae h d y cregyn gleision yn cael ei gludo i Afon Menai o welyau eraill yn y Rhanbarth a i osod ar wely r m r gan gychod treillio pwrpasol. Mae amodau ardderchog i dyfu cregyn gleision yn Afon Menai ac yma mae r man tyfu cregyn gleision mwyaf yn y DG: yn ystod 2003-04 cynhyrchwyd 15,000 tunell o gregyn gleision yma. Allforir yr holl o r cregyn gleision i Ewrop. Mae Pysgodfa Cregyn Gleision Conwy yn Pysgodfa Gorchymyn Arwahanol sy n cael ei reoli gan 20 pysgotwr sy n casglu r cregyn gleision mewn ffordd draddodiadol trwy ddefnyddio cribinau hirgoes o gychod agored. Mae r bysgodfa hon yn cynhyrchu tua 300 tunnell o gregyn gleision y flwyddyn, yn gyfangwlbl ar gyfer y farchnad gartref. Cimychiaid, Crancod Bwytadwy a Chrancod Llygatgoch Mae r cychod cwella yn pysgota mewn sawl man ar y rhan Gymreig o Ranbarth PPMGOLLaGC ac o ardal Barrow ac Ynys Walney yn ogystal. Er bod rhai pysgotwyr caled yn pysgota trwy gydol y flwyddyn mae r prif dymor yn dechrau yn ystod y gwanwyn tua mis Ebrill wedi i r tymor corgimychiaid ddod i ben. Mae r tymor cwella yn dirwyn i ben yn raddol rhwng yr Hydref a r gaeaf. Mae r wybodaeth am ein rhaglen cadwraeth cimychiaid a noddwyd gan y GE ar gael drwy glicio ar y ddolen uchod. Cregyn Moch Mae r bysgodfa cregyn foch wedi cynyddu mewn pwysigrwydd yn ystod y pum mlynedd diwethaf ac mae r prif ardaloedd o amgylch Caergybi a Gogledd Cymru. Mae r rhan helaeth o r cregyn moch yn cael eu hallforio i Korea, ble mae galwad mawr amdanynt. Corgimychiaid Delir y corgimychiaid mewn cewyll ysgafn sydd ond yn ddigon trwm i symyd yn ysgafn dros wely r m r. Mae tymor bur yn ystod yr Hydref wedi darfod y tymor crancod a chimychiaid a thymor hirach gwell yn y gwanwyn o fis Mawrth i fis Ebrill. Mae r bysgodfa corgimychiaid yn un gymharol newydd gyda ychydig iawn o ymchwil cefndirol. Asgellbysgod Ychydig o lusgwydo sy n digwydd yn Rhanbarth y PPMFOLLaGC a r cychod pysgota gwialen sy n pysgota wyaf yn y dyfroedd gyda r lan. Draenogiaid y M r Mae r draenog y m r yn bysgodyn pwysig iawn i bysgotwyr gwianen ac mae sawl meithrinfa daenogiaid y mor yn y Rhanbarth i amddiffyn y stociau ifanc. Cathod Mor Delir cathod mor gan bysgotwyr gwialen, gan cychod llusgrwydo a gan rwydi masgu. W News Pwyllgor Pysgodfeydd Mor Gogledd Orllewin Looegr a Gogledd Cymru North Western and North Wales Sea Fisheries Committee W News W Consultations Pwyllgor Pysgodfeydd Mor Gogledd Orllewin Looegr a Gogledd Cymru North Western and North Wales Sea Fisheries Committee W Consultations Y Pwyllgor Pwyllgor Pysgodfeydd Mor Gogledd Orllewin Looegr a Gogledd Cymru North Western and North Wales Sea Fisheries Committee Y Pwyllgor W Links Pwyllgor Pysgodfeydd Mor Gogledd Orllewin Looegr a Gogledd Cymru North Western and North Wales Sea Fisheries Committee W Links Committee Pwyllgor Pysgodfeydd Mor Gogledd Orllewin Looegr a Gogledd Cymru North Western and North Wales Sea Fisheries Committee Committee Committee Committee Members The composition of the Committee is fixed by Statutory Instrument, and re-appointed every 4 years. A Chairman and Vice Chairmen are appointed each year at the annual meeting. Members are also appointed to the two Sub-Committees that meet regularly during the year. Chairs of the Committee The Chairs of the Committee, appointed at the Annual meeting on 29 th July 2005 are: Office Member Chair Vice-Chair (England) Vice-Chair (Wales) Membership of the Joint Committee The Membership of the Committee for the quadrennial period commencing 1 st July 2005 is: Appointing Authority Member Anglesey County Council Cllr. W.J. Chorlton Cllr. E. Schofield Blackpool Borough Council Cllr. D. Clapham Ceredigion County Council Cllr. I. ap Dewi Cllr. E.J. Griffiths Conwy County Borough Council Cllr. M.A.Priestly Cllr. E.D. Tew Cumbria County Council Cllr. A.J. Markley Cllr. J.D. Murphy Denbighshire County Council Councillor D. Owens Flintshire County Council Cllr. J. Jones Gwynedd County Council Cllr. H.P. Hughes Cllr. W.G. Roberts Lancashire County Council Cllr. C. Grunshaw Mr. M.S. Hamer Cllr. V.K. Riley Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council Cllr. T.R. Glover, OBE Cllr. O.F. Brady Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council Cllr. D. T. Knowles Cllr. J. Hale Environment Agency Mr. A. Winstone Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the National Assembly for Wales (NAW) Mr. A. Brecknell, Blackpool Mr G. Hancock, Whitegate Dr B. Hodgson, Chester Mr. D. Jewitt, Morecambe Mr A. Marklew, Lydiate Mr. N. Parker, Ulverston Mr M. Porter, Fleetwood Mr T. Watson, Fleetwood Mr C. Woods, Neston Mr. T. Jones, Llangefni Mr R.J. Gorman, Aberystwyth Mr G.H. Jones, Holyhead Dr M.J. Kaiser, Conwy Dr S.J. Lockwood, Conwy Mr K. Mould, Bangor Mr A. Jones, Bangor Mr O.J. Roberts, Pwllheli Sub-Committees Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee Cllr. R.S.J. Edgar Cllr. R. Fisher Cllr. C. Grunshaw Mr. M. Hamer Cllr. V.K. Riley Cllr. W.D. Nock Cllr. J. Jones Cllr. T. Jones Cllr. R. Owen Cllr. H. Hughes Cllr. P. Eklund Mr. K. Mould Ex-Officio Members: Dr J.D. Fish Mr G.H. Jones Mr. P. Phizacklea Mr E.I.S. Rees Mr. O.J. Roberts Scientific & Byelaws Sub-Committee Dr. S.J. Lockwood (Chair) Cllr. H. Hughes Cllr. Dr. J.G. Jenkins Mr A. Winstone Mr. R. Beech Mr A. Green Mr D. Jewitt Mr A. Marklew Mr T. Watson Mr C. Woods Mr. R. Gorman Mr. K. Mould Ex-Officio Members: Dr. J.D. Fish Mr G.H. Jones Mr. P. Phizacklea Mr. T.R. Glover Fisheries Pwyllgor Pysgodfeydd Mor Gogledd Orllewin Looegr a Gogledd Cymru North Western and North Wales Sea Fisheries Committee Fisheries Fisheries Shellfish The NWNWSFC monitors the District shellfish stocks and enforces the legislation that protects them. Cockles Cockles are hand-gathered using a jumbo (a long plank with a tall handle which is rocked from side to side on the sand and brings the cockles to the surface) and rake, and then riddled to leave the small cockles behind on the bed. The cockles are collected in net bags and transported directly from the bed to processors in both the UK and Europe. Morecambe Bay has seen unprecedented numbers of cockles and cockle fishermen over the last couple of years and the management of the fishery has had to change radically in response. NWNWSFC have introduced a permit scheme for several areas and plans are in progress to extend this for the whole of the District. Mussels Mussels are also gathered by hand within the District. There are large natural mussel skears in parts of Morecambe Bay and off the Welsh coast. However the largest mussel fishery in the District, and indeed in the UK, is the cultivated fishery in the Menai Strait in North Wales. Mussel growth benefits greatly from careful husbandry. The optimum conditions for mussel growth vary throughout their lifecycle. Mussels are filter feeders, so those located high up on the shoreline with little time underwater do not grow as quickly as those further down the shoreline. However, mussels that are submerged for most of the time have very thin shells and are more susceptible to predation. The most productive mussel fisheries are those which are carefully managed in a similar manner to an agricultural farm, with mussels being moved around as they grow. The largest mussel fishery in our area can be found in the Menai Strait. At either end of the Strait the Committee there are large mussel cultivation areas. These are located within Fishery Orders which establish legal protection for the mussels and enable their cultivation on the sea bed. Small seed mussels are brought to the Strait from eroding mussel beds elsewhere in the District, and laid on the seabed by specialist dredgers. The Strait provides superb growing conditions, and is the UK s biggest mussel producing area: in 2003-04 it produced over 15,000 tonnes of mussels. These mussels are all exported to Europe. The Conwy Mussel Fishery is a smaller Several Order Fishery managed by a group of 20 fishermen who collect the mussels in a more traditional way with long handled rakes from open boats. This fishery produces approximately 300 tonnes of mussels each year, exclusively for the home market. Lobsters , Brown/Edible Crabs and Velvet Crabs Potting vessels operate from a variety of locations all around the Welsh part of the NWNWSFC District, and also from the Barrow/Walney Island area. Although a few hardened operators fish all year round, the main season begins in spring around April after the prawn season has finished, and peters out slowly between autumn and winter. Information on our EC-funded lobster conservation programme can be found by clicking on the link above. Whelks The whelk fishery has become quite important in the last 5 years and is most productive around Holyhead and North Wales. Most of the whelks are exported to Korea, where they are a delicacy. Prawns Prawns are caught with lightweight polypots that are weighted to move lightly just over the seabed. There is a short autumn season just after the lobster and crab fishery begins to slow down, and another longer and more productive season in spring between March and April. The prawn fishery is another relatively young industry with little background research. Finfish Relatively few trawling boats operate in the NWNWSFC District and much of the fishing concerned with inshore waters is carried out by angling boats. Bass Bass is a very important angling fish and there are several bass nursery areas in the district to protect juvenile stocks. Skates and Rays Skates and rays in this area are caught on lines by anglers, by trawling and by tangle netting. Fishery Officer Areas Morecambe Bay Fleetwood North Wales Lleyn Peninsula Cardigan Bay (central section) News Pwyllgor Pysgodfeydd Mor Gogledd Orllewin Looegr a Gogledd Cymru North Western and North Wales Sea Fisheries Committee News News - Updated 6th January 2005 Cockle and Mussel Permit Scheme - Cockle bed Closure (Morecambe Bay) - Vacancy for a Marine Biodiversity Officer - Change of Vessel Size Limits - Freedom of Information Act - North Wales Scalloping Restrictions - New Netting Byelaw (Wales) - New Scalloping Regulations - Lobster V-notching - Sea Angling Survey Co ckle and Mussel Fishing Permit Scheme - top In late 2004, following discussions with the Government, the NW&NWSFC decided to introduce a District - wide permit scheme for cockle and mussel fishing. NW&NWSFC staff are presently working with English Nature and the Countryside Council for Wales to resolve some environmental issues associated with the permit scheme. It is hoped that if these can be overcome, the permit scheme will be introduced in February 2005. The permit scheme will enable NW&NWSFC Fishery Officers to identify fishermen working within the District. Permits will be available free of charge, providing that you can provide suitable ID. Application forms for the permit scheme are available here . Cockle Bed Closures - Morecambe Bay - top Cockle beds in all of Morecambe Bay will be closed at midnight on 15th April 2005. This closure is necessary in order to allow stocks to recover from recent fishing pressure and poor juvenile recruitment. P ress releases are available here . New Vessel Size Byelaw - top In July 2004 the Joint Committee made a new Byelaw to restrict the size of vessels that can work within the District. The new Byelaw will limit vessel size to 12m overall in the area south of the Great Orme and 15m overall in the north. These sizes are intended to protect fish stocks from over-exploitation, and reflect different fishing practices in these areas. At the end of the consultation period in September 2004, the NW&NWSFC had received 3 objections to the Byelaw. The Joint Committee resolved to proceed to seek confirmation of the Byelaw at its meeting in November 2004. The full text of the Byelaw can be viewed here . Freedom of Information Act - top The UK s Freedom of Information Act came into force on 1 January 2005. The Act creates a new system of enforceable rights of access to recorded information held by public authorities. The NW&NWSFC fully supports this Act, and prepared a Publication Scheme during 2004 which sets out how it will comply with the Act. If you want to obtain information from us under this Act, please write to us, specifying the information you wish to obtain. We will either send you the information, or alternatively you can come to our Offices to view it. There may be a charge for the provision of information. Certain information is also exempt. Full details are in the Publication Scheme. Scalloping Restrictions in North Wales - top In December 2004 the NW&NWSFC extended the seasonal restriction on scalloping around the Llyn peninsula. This was a necessary response to advice received from the Countryside Council for Wales about the sensitivity of marine wildlife in the Penllyn a r Sarnau candidate Special Area of Conservation. The NW&NWSFC has statutory duties to protect wildlife features in this area. CCW advised that much of the area could be adversely affected by a single passage of scalloping gear. This restriction is due to be considered in detail at the upcoming meeting of the Scientific & Byelaws Sub-Committee on 28th January 2005. Fixed Nets (Wales) - top A new Byelaw 24 (Fixed Engines - Prohibitions (Wales)) was made at the Joint Committee meeting in November 2004. The restrictions imposed by this Byelaw and its sister Byelaw 25 are summarised here. The full text of the new Byelaw is available here . The new Byelaw 24 was made at the request of the Environment Agency, following concerns raised about a revision made in 2003 to the original Byelaw. Temporary measures were introduced in early 2004 to address these concerns, and the new Byelaw will make them permanent. Byelaw 24 is a permissive Byelaw. It allows an activity that would otherwise be illegal to take place. New rules for scalloping - top New regulations for scallop fishing came into force on 1 st February 2004. In English waters within 6nm there is now a limit of 8 dredges per side, each of no more than 85cm bar width. Full details of these regulations are here . New rules are also proposed for Welsh waters, and can be found here . Lobster 'V' notching project. - top In 2003, NW&NWSFC won a grant of nearly 200k for an ambitious lobster conservation project in north and west Wales. Information on the project can be found here . Welsh Sea Angling Survey - top Recent studies show that sea angling can make a big contribution to the economy. Research workers from the School of Ocean Sciences at Menai Bridge have produced an on-line questionnaire to help get a better picture of the value of angling to the Welsh economy. The questionnaire and more information is here . This news page was last revised on 2nd February 2005 Vacancy Pwyllgor Pysgodfeydd Mor Gogledd Orllewin Looegr a Gogledd Cymru North Western and North Wales Sea Fisheries Committee Vacancy North Western and North Wales Sea Fisheries Committee Marine Biodiversity Officer North Wales Starting salary: 17469 1 year with possibility of extension The Committee is responsible for the management of the inshore fisheries of North Wales and North West England out to 6 nautical miles. We are seeking to appoint a biodiversity officer to cover the Welsh part of our district to assist in the integration of fisheries and nature conservation and to help us apply an ecosystem approach to fisheries management. The post holder will work with the fishing industry and nature conservation sector to find ways of delivering biodiversity targets alongside sustainable fisheries. An important objective is to put in place agreed procedures to ensure that fishing activities do not cause adverse impacts on the nature conservation features of European marine sites. Besides strong interpersonal, negotiating and presentational skills, you will have a degree in marine science or a related subject with relevant post graduate work experience. An understanding of EU nature conservation legislation and biodiversity action plans would be most useful. Your practical experience should include working on the shore and in small boats, data analysis and preparation of reports and a full driving licence. The post will probably be based in the NWNWSFC offices in Lancaster although extensive travel in North Wales will be required. An ability to speak Welsh could be an advantage. The NWNWSFC is an equal opportunities employer. A job description may be acquired here . Application information can be obtained from Mrs I.V. Andrews at NW&NWSFC, Lancaster University, Bailrigg, Lancaster LA1 4YY; Tel: 01524 68745. e-mail: nwnwsfc@lancaster.ac.uk. The closing date for applications is 30 September 2005. The post is grant aided by Countryside Council for Wales. Consultations Pwyllgor Pysgodfeydd Mor Gogledd Orllewin Looegr a Gogledd Cymru North Western and North Wales Sea Fisheries Committee Consultations Consultations New Vessel Size Byelaw The Joint Committee has made a new byelaw to restrict the size of vessels that can work within the District. The new byelaws would limit vessel size to 12m overall in the area south of the Great Orme and 15m overall in the north. These differences reflect different fishing practices in these areas. The full text of the byelaw can be viewed here in English or in Welsh. Any objections to it must be received by 24 th September 2004. Contact Us Pwyllgor Pysgodfeydd Mor Gogledd Orllewin Looegr a Gogledd Cymru North Western and North Wales Sea Fisheries Committee Contact Us North Western and North Wales Sea Fisheries Committee Lancaster University Bailrigg Lancaster LA1 4YY Tel: 01524 68745 Fax: 844980 Email: nwnwsfc@lancaster.ac.uk Chief Executive Dr. Steven Atkins BSc PLD Principal Fishery Officer Mr. Martyn Boyce MA MIMgt Senior Fishery Officers Mr Keith Stone (Central Cardigan Bay Area) Dr Greta Hughes BA MSc (Lleyn Peninsula Area) Mr Phil Capper (Anglesey & North Wales Area) Mr Steve Brown (Fleetwood Area) Mr Steve Waite (Morecambe Bay (South) Area) Mr Harry Frost (Skipper of the patrol vessel Aegis ) Mr Paul Rowley (Engineer of the patrol vessel Aegis ) Fishery Officers Mr Rob Eccles (Morecambe Bay (North) Area) Mrs Carolyn Williams (Crewman of the patrol vessel Aegis ) Senior Scientific Officer Mr Bill Cook BSc MSc Research Assistant Miss Ingrid Iredale BSc MRes Finance and Administration Officer Mr John Davies Committee Clerk/Secretary Mrs Irene Andrews Administration Assistant Mrs Pauline Price Links Pwyllgor Pysgodfeydd Mor Gogledd Orllewin Looegr a Gogledd Cymru North Western and North Wales Sea Fisheries Committee Links The following table links to contacts on this page. Sea Fisheries Committees Cornwall - Cumbria - Devon - Eastern - Isles of Scilly - Kent & Essex - Nort h Eastern - Northumberland - South Wales - Southern - Sussex Government Fisheries Management Bodies DEFRA - Environment Agency - CEFAS - Seafish Bodies Representing Fishermen National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations - Shellfish Association of Great Britain Wildlife Conservation Bodies English Nature - Countryside Council for Wales Non-Statutory Bodies Marine Conservation Society - Marine Stewardship Council - WWF UK Sources of Information Fishing News - International Council for the Exploration of the Sea - Marine Biological Association Sea Fisheries Committees Name Contact Address Telephone /fax E-mail Cornwall Chief Fishery Officer Mr E.J. Derriman Old Bonded Warehouse, Quay St, Penzance TR18 4BD 01736-369817 Cumbria Chief Fishery Officer Mr D. Dobson 6 Duncan Square, Whitehaven, Cumbria CA28 7LN 01946-693047 Devon Clerk & Chief Fishery Officer Mr N. Downes Office No 9, Fish Market, Brixham, Devon TQ5 8AW 01803-854648 Eastern Clerk & Chief Fishery Officer Mr Matt Mander 6 North Lynn Business Village, Bergen Way, Kings Lynn, Norfolk PE30 2JG Tel. 01553-775321Fa x. 772031 mail@e sfjc.co.uk Isles of Scilly Chief Fishery Officer Mr S. Watt Town Hall, St Mary's, Isle of Scilly TR21 0LW 01720-422537 Kent and Essex Chief Fishery Officers: Mr J. Wiggins (Essex) & Mr J Stroud (Kent) The Sail Loft, Shipyard Estate, Brightlingsea, Colchester, Essex CO7 0AR 01206-303261 The Ice House, Military Rd, Ramsgate, Kent CT11 9LG 01843-585310 North Eastern Chief Fishery Officer Mr D. McCandless County Hall, Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire HU17 9BA Tel. 01482-393515Fa x. 393519 dawn.wilcox @eastri ding.gov.uk Northumberland Unit 60b, South Nelson Ind. Estate, South Nelson Rd, Cramlington, Northumberland NE23 1WF nsfc@n sfc.co.uk South Wales Director Mr P. Coates Queen's Buildings, Cambrian Place, Swansea SA1 1TW Tel. 01792-654466 Fax. 645987 swsfc@ aol.com Southern Chief Fishery Officer Mr I. Carrier 3 Park Rd, Poole, Dorset BH15 2SH 01202-721373 Sussex Chief Fishery Officer Mr T. Dapling Unit 6, Highdown House, Shoreham Airport, Shoreham by Sea, Sussex BN43 5PB Tel. 01273-454407 Fax. 454408 admin @suss ex-sfc.gov.uk Fisheries Management Bodies Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) Head Office: Nobel House, 17 Smith Square, London SW1P 3JR Tel. 020-7238-3000 Sea Fisheries Inspectorate District Offices North West : Mr M. Parker 26 London St, Fleetwood, Lancs. FY7 6JG Tel. 01253-873515 South Wales : Mr M. Hearn 4/5 Hamilton Terrace, Milford Haven, Pembs. SA73 3AL Tel. 01646-693412 North Wales : Mr G. Ford-Keyte The Old Vicarage, Newry St, Holyhead, Anglesey, LL65 1DB Tel. 01407-765757 Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) Lowestoft Laboratory Pakefield Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk NR33 0HT Tel: 01502 562244 Fax: 513865 Burnham Laboratory Remembrance Avenue, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex CM0 8HA Tel: 01621 787200 Fax: 784989 Weymouth Laboratory The Nothe, Barrack Road, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 8UB Tel: 01305 206600 Fax: 206601 The Fish Health Inspectorate CEFAS Weymouth Laboratory Barrack Road, The Nothe, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 8UB Tel: 01305 20 6673/6674 Confidential hotline: 206681 Fax: 206602 Environment Agency North West Regional Office PO Box 12, Richard Fairclough House, Warrington, Cheshire WA4 1HG Tel: 01925 653 999 Fax: 415 961 Environment Agency Wales Welsh Sustainable Fisheries Programme Manager: Andy Schofield Cambria House, 29 Newport Road, Cardiff CF24 0TP Tel 029 20770088 Fax 798555 Sea Fish Industry Authority Seafish Edinburgh Administration, Finance, Trade, Market Economics and Aquaculture 18 Logie Mill, Logie Green Road, Edinburgh EH7 4HG Tel: 0131 558 3331 Fax: 558 1442 Seafish House in Hull Fish Technology, Information Services, Kingfisher, Marine Survey, Training St. Andrews Dock, Hull HU3 4QE Tel: 01482 327 837 Fax: 223 310 Manchester St. in Hull Fisheries Development Centre Manchester St., Hull HU3 4TX Tel: 01482 327 837 Fax: 587 013 Bodies Representing Fishermen National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations Marsden Road Grimsby DN31 3SG Tel: 01472 352141 Fax: 242486 Cardigan Bay Fisherman s Association Limited Mr Tony Daniel 2 Quay Parade, Aberaeron, Ceredigion SA46 0BT 01545-571837 Holyhead Fishermen's Association Joint Fishing Communities of South and West Wales Welsh Coastal Inshore Fishermen's Association Shellfish Association of Great Britain Fishmongers Hall, London Bridge, London. EC4R 9EL Tel: 0207 283 8305 Fax: 929 1389 E-mail: SAGB@shellfish.org.uk Wildlife Conservation Bodies English Nature National Northminster House Peterborough PE1 1UA Tel: 01733 455000 Fax: 568834 Cumbria Juniper House Murley Moss Oxenholme Road Kendal, Cumbria LA9 7RL Tel: 01539 792800 Fax: 792830 cumbria@englis h-nature.org.uk Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire Pier House Wallgate Wigan Lancashire WN3 4AL Tel: 01942 820342 Fax: 614026 northwest@engli sh-nature.org.uk Countryside Council for Wales Headquarters Maes-y-Ffynnon, Penrhosgarnedd, Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 2DW Tel: 01248 385500 Fax: 355782 Enquiries: 0845 1306229 enquiries@ccw.gov.uk North East Area Victoria House, Grosvenor Road, Mold, Flintshire CH7 1EJ Tel: 01352 706600 Fax: 752346 North West Area Llys y Bont, Parc Menai, Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 3BN Tel: 01248 672500 Fax: 679259 northwestarea@ ccw.gov.uk Non-Statutory Bodies Marine Conservation Society 9 Gloucester Road Ross-on-Wye Herefordshire HR9 5BU 01989 566017 info@mcsuk.org Marine Stewardship Council Unit 4 Bakery Place, 119 Altenburg Gardens London SW11 1JQ Tel: 020 7350 4000 Fax: 7350 1231 info@msc.org WWF UK Panda House Weyside Park Godalming Surrey GU7 1XR tel: 01483 426444 fax: 426409 Information Sources Fishing News Seafood International, 80 Calverley Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 2UN Tel. 01892 533813 Fax. 544895 marketing@heig hway.com International Council for the Exploration of the Sea 2-4 Pal gade DK-1261 Copenhagen K Denmark Tel: 0045 3338 6700 Fax: 3393 4215 The Marine Biological Association The Marine Biological Association The Laboratory Citadel Hill Plymouth, PL1 2PB Tel: 01752 633207 Fax: 633102 Byelaws Pwyllgor Pysgodfeydd Mor Gogledd Orllewin Looegr a Gogledd Cymru North Western and North Wales Sea Fisheries Committee Byelaws NORTH WESTERN AND NORTH WALES SEA FISHERIES DISTRICT THE SEA FISHERIES REGULATION ACT, 1966 Summary of NWNWSFC Byelaws : LIMITS OF THE DISTRICT BYELAW 1 BYELAW 2: Attachments to nets BYELAW 3: Prohibition of seine netting BYELAW 4: Mesh size - trawl nets BYELAW 6: Shrimp and Prawns - restriction of fishing BYELAW 7: Mesh sizes - nets other than trawl nets BYELAW 8: Small mesh nets - other than trawl nets - restrictions BYELAW 9: Mechanically propelled vessels - maximum length BYELAW 10: Set and drift nets BYELAW 11: Marking of fishing gear and keep pots BYELAW 12: Restrictions on fishing for bivalve molluscan shellfish BYELAW 13: Cockles - minimum size BYELAW 13A: Cockles and mussels - management of the fishery BYELAW 15: Mussels - minimum size BYELAW 16: Shell fishery - temporary closure BYELAW 17: Re-deposit of shellfish BYELAW 18: Foul hooking of sea fish BYELAW 19: Specified fish sizes BYELAW 20: Restriction of fishing for escallop in Cardigan Bay BYELAW 24: Fixed engines - prohibitions (Wales) BYELAW 25: Drift nets - prohibitions (Wales) BYELAW 26: Fixed engines - prohibitions and authorisations (England) BYELAW 27: Mobile nets - prohibitions and authorisations (England) BYELAW 28: Application of byelaws BYELAW 29: Minimum size of lobsters BYELAW 30: Fishing for lobster, crawfish, crab prawn and whelk BYELAW 31: Protection of V-notched lobsters FPV 'Aegis' Pwyllgor Pysgodfeydd Mor Gogledd Orllewin Looegr a Gogledd Cymru North Western and North Wales Sea Fisheries Committee FPV 'Aegis' NWNWSFC Patrol Vessel Aegis Aegis means shield or protector and is connected with the Greek goddess of the sea, Athena. Aegis was purpose-built for the North Western and North Wales Sea Fisheries Committee and her design is based on the Arun (lifeboat) hull. A deep well at the stern holds a 4.8 m zodiac inflatable that is launched and recovered using a sliding frame. The Zodiac Patrol Boat is used by Fishery Officers to board fishing vessels and to explore shallower inshore waters. The deep well can be boarded over to provide a large area of working deck space when the vessel is carrying out research and investigative work. Aegis is able to collect information on the seabed profile and underwater habitats. She is equipped with a sledge mounted underwater camera and a RoxAnn hydro acoustic processor which provides information via a standard echo sounder on sea bed material types. This equipment can delineate the extent of mussel beds and other shellfisheries. The vessel has a range of 500 miles and patrols 900 nautical miles of coastline and 2,000 square nautical miles of sea between Cemaes Head in Cardigan and Haverigg Point in Cumbria. A crew of three is required to operate Aegis , including the skipper, engineer and crewman. Aegis was built by Halmatic Ltd. of Southampton with funding provided by the EC and the constiuent councils of the Joint Committee. Is-ddeddfau Lleiafeintiau Pysgod Cimychiaid Pysgotagwialen Map o'r Rhanbarth Yr 'Aegis' Freedom of Info Min Fish Sizes Lobsters Angling District Map Cockling Shellfish Laws Netting Is-ddeddfau Pwyllgor Pysgodfeydd Mor Gogledd Orllewin Looegr a Gogledd Cymru North Western and North Wales Sea Fisheries Committee Is-ddeddfau Lleiafeintiau Pysgod Pwyllgor Pysgodfeydd Mor Gogledd Orllewin Looegr a Gogledd Cymru North Western and North Wales Sea Fisheries Committee Lleiafeintiau Pysgod Lleiafaint Pysgod Yn y tabl isod fe osedir y lleiafeintiau statudol sydd mewn grym yn y Rhanbarth ar gyfer pysgod asgellog a physgod cregyn. Gosedir y meintiau er mwyn cadw r stociau pysgod drwy amddiffyn y pysgod anaeddfed. Os yr ydych angen cyfarwyddyd ynglyn a syt i fesur pysgod, cysylltwch a ni os gwelwch yn dda. Mae n drosedd i unrhyw un (boed e n bysgotwr gwialen neu n bysgotwr masnachol) gymryd pysgod sy n llai na r mesurau hyn. Gallwn a byddwn yn erlyn troseddwyr. Pysgod Asgellog Enw Gwyddonol Cymraeg Saesneg Lleiafaint (mm) Clupea harengus Ysgadennyn/Pennog Herring 200 Dicentrarchus labrax Draenog y m r Bass 360 Gadus morhua Penfras Cod 350 Lepidorhombus spp Lleden Fair Megrim 200 Melanogrammus aeglefinus Corbenfras/hadog Haddock 300 Merlangius merlangus Gwyniad y m r Whiting 270 Merluccius merluccius Cegddu Hake 270 Molva dypterygia Honos / Brenhinbysg glas Blue Ling 700 Molva molva Honos / Brenhinbysg Ling 630 Mullus surmuletus Mingrwn/Hyrddyn Coch Red mullet 150 Pleuronectes platessa Lleden smotiau cochion Plaice 270 Pollachius pollachius Pysgodyn gwyn Pollack 300 Pollachius virens Morlas/Celog Saithe / Coalfish 350 Sardina pilchardus Sard n Sardine 110 Scomber scombrus Macrell Mackerel 200 Solea solea Lleden Chwithig Sole 240 Thunnus thynnus Tiwna asgell l s Bluefin tuna 6.4kg neu 700 Trachurus trachurus Marchfacrell Horse Mackerel 150 Xiphias gladius Cleddbysgodyn Swordfish 25kg neu 1250 mm asgwrn gen Pysgod Cregyn Enw Gwyddonol Cymraeg Saesneg Lleiafaint (mm) Aequipecten opercularis Cragen y frenhines Queen scallop 40 Buccinum undatum Cragen foch Whelk 45 Callista chione Cragen galed Hard clam 60 Cancer pagurus Cranc bwytadwy Edible crab 130 Cerastoderma edule Cocos Cockle Dim i fynd drwy agoriad sgwar o 20mm Donax spp Cragen donacs Donax clam 25 Ensis spp M r-gyllel Razor clam 100 Homarus gammarus Cimwch Lobster 87 Liocarcinus puber Cranc melfed Velvet crab 65 Maia squinado Cranc heglog Spider crab 120 Mytilus edulis Cr gen l s Mussel 45 Nephrops norvegicus Cimwch Norwy Nephrops 70 hyd y gragen 20 yr argragen Octopus vulgaris Octopws Octopus 750g Palinurus spp. Siacar goch Crawfish 95 Parapenaeus longirostris Perdysen rhosyn dyfnddwr Deepwater rose shrimp 22 Pecten maximus Cragen fylchog Scallop 100 i r de o 52 30 G y tu allan i r llinell derfyn 3 milltir. 110 ym mhob man arall Pharus legumen M r-gyllel ffa Bean solen 65 Ruditapes decussatus Cragen garped rhiglog Grooved carpet shell 40 Ruditapes phillipinarum Cragen fyrwddf Short necked clam 40 Spisula solidissima - Surf clam 25 Venerupis pallustra Cragen garped Carpetshell 38 Venus verrucosa Cragen fylchog Clam 40 Cimychiaid Pwyllgor Pysgodfeydd Mor Gogledd Orllewin Looegr a Gogledd Cymru North Western and North Wales Sea Fisheries Committee Cimychiaid Rhaglen Newydd i Nodi Cimychiaid Rhicyn V Mae Pwyllgor Pysgodfeydd Gogledd Orllewin Lloegr a Gogledd Cymru wedi cael arian gan y Comisiwn Ewropeaidd ar gyfer rhaglen V - nodi cimychiaid yn ardal Amcan Un sy n cynnwys Conwy, Gwynedd, M n a Cheredigion. Mae r brywnesau (cimychiaid benywaidd sy n cario wyau o dan eu boliau) yn cael eu nodi rhicyn V yn eu cynffonnau cyn eu dychwelyd i r m r. Tra perir y rhicyn V yn y gynffon, fe amddiffynir y cimwch o dan is-ddeddfau r PPM a deddfwriaeth Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru. Tra mae wedi i amddiffyn, gall y cimwch atgenhedlu n ddi-rwystr a hybu r cynhyrchiad wyau a recriwtiad yr ieuanc i r bysgodfa. Pob tro mae r cimwch yn cael cragen newydd, mae r bwlch V yn lleihau nes diflanu n llwyr ar l 2 neu 3 blynedd. Yna fe ellid ei ddal a i gadw n gyfreithlon. Mae r pysgotwyr yn derbyn pris llawn y farchnad am bob cimwch sy n cael ei nodi a i ddychwelyd i r m r. Bwriad PPGOLL&GC yw nodi a dychwelyd 15,000 o gimychiaid rhwng mis Mawrth 2003 a mis Mawrth 2006. Mae r rhaglen yn ffordd bositif a di-ymyrraeth o amddiffyn y cimychiaid beinywaidd yn eu cynefin heb beri mwy o drafferth na sy n rhaid i r pysgotwyr. V-Fylchu: Y cynnydd hyd yma.. Dengys cofnodion ein Is-ddeddf 30 bod 197 o gychod yn pysgota am gimychiaid yn Rhanbarth Pwyllgor Pysgodfeydd Gogledd Orllewin Lloegr a Gogledd Cymru (amlinellwyd yn y map isod). Mae 38 o r cychod hyn yn cymryd rhan yn y rhaglen nodi ac ers dechrau r rhaglen yng Ngorffennaf 2003 mae 1,737 o gimychiaid wedi u nodi bwlch-V. Cyfnewidiol iawn yw graddfa tyfiant y cimychiaid ac mae hyn yn ei gwneud yn anodd i rhoi amcangyfrif ar y cyfrafau recriwtiad a goroesiad. Mae r cimychiaid yn cael eu nodi ychydig yn wahanol pob blwyddyn er mwyn ein galluogi i gasglu gwybodaeth am y cimychiaid a nodir yn ystod pob blwyddyn o r rhaglen. Yn ystod rhaglen nodi gwirfoddol a gynhaliwyd eisoes, rhoddwyd y rhicyn-V ar ochr dde r gynffon. Er mwyn gwahaniaethu rhwng y cimychiaid hyn a r cimychiaid a nodwyd yn ystod ein rhaglen rhoddasom ricyn ar ochr chwith y gynffon. Cynlluniau ar gyfer y Dyfodol Ar hyn o bryd rydym yn arbrofi gydag offer gwneud bylchau siapiau gwahanol ar gyfer y flwyddyn nesaf. Gwyliwch am fanylion rhagor o ddatblygiadau! V-Fylchu: Y cynnydd hyd yma.. Dengys cofnodion ein Is-ddeddf 30 bod 197 o gychod yn pysgota am gimychiaid yn Rhanbarth Pwyllgor Pysgodfeydd Gogledd Orllewin Lloegr a Gogledd Cymru (amlinellwyd yn y map isod). Mae 38 o r cychod hyn yn cymryd rhan yn y rhaglen nodi ac ers dechrau r rhaglen yng Ngorffennaf 2003 mae 1,737 o gimychiaid wedi u nodi bwlch-V. Cyfnewidiol iawn yw graddfa tyfiant y cimychiaid ac mae hyn yn ei gwneud yn anodd i rhoi amcangyfrif ar y cyfrafau recriwtiad a goroesiad. Mae r cimychiaid yn cael eu nodi ychydig yn wahanol pob blwyddyn er mwyn ein galluogi i gasglu gwybodaeth am y cimychiaid a nodir yn ystod pob blwyddyn o r rhaglen. Yn ystod rhaglen nodi gwirfoddol a gynhaliwyd eisoes, rhoddwyd y rhicyn-V ar ochr dde r gynffon. Er mwyn gwahaniaethu rhwng y cimychiaid hyn a r cimychiaid a nodwyd yn ystod ein rhaglen rhoddasom ricyn ar ochr chwith y gynffon. Cynlluniau ar gyfer y Dyfodol Ar hyn o bryd rydym yn arbrofi gydag offer gwneud bylchau siapiau gwahanol ar gyfer y flwyddyn nesaf. Gwyliwch am fanylion rhagor o ddatblygiadau! Ymchwil Cimychiaid Casglu r Wybodaeth Ers 2002, bu ein Swyddogion Pysgodfeydd yn casglu gwybodaeth am y dalfeydd cimychiaid ar gychod pysgota lleol ym Mae Ceredigion ac o amgylch Pen Llŷn. Mae r wybodaeth hon yn ddefnyddiol iawn ac mae n datgelu mwy am y bysgodfa na r hyn a ellid ei weld drwy edrych ar y glaniadau n unig. Gwnaed cyfrif o r nifer o gimychiaid ym mhob cawell a chofnodwyd y Ddalfa Yn l Uned Ymdrech (DY UE) fel nifer y cimychiaid ym mhob can cawell a godwyd. Mae hyn o gymorth i ddeall yr helaethrwydd cymharol ymysg cimychiaid yr ardal. Mesurwyd pob cimwch a chofnodwyd eu rhyw a phresenoldeb yr wyau a r bylchau V. Cofnodwyd y math o gawell oherwydd bod gan y gwahanol fathau o gewyll nodweddion gwahanol o ddal. Y Darganfyddiadau Mae r ardal y buom yn ei hastudio i w gweld ar y map yn Ffigwr 1. Mae pob cwch yn dangos lleoliad rhes o gewyll a welsom yn cael eu codi. Fel y gŵr pob pysgotwr, mae r nifer cymharol o gimychiaid sy n cael eu dal yn ystod mordaith yn amrywio yn l y tywydd a r adeg o r flwyddyn. Gwelwyd cyfartaledd cymhareb rhyw o 41% gwrywaidd a 59% benywaidd. Bu ychydig o amrywiaeth o fis i fis yn y cyfartaledd hwn fel sydd i w weld yn Ffigwr 2. Mae r gymhareb o gimychiaid benywaidd i gimychiaid gwrywaidd yn uwch yn ystod misoedd Gorffennaf ac Awst oherwydd y cylch bwrw cragen a pharu. Mae r newid tymhorol yn y gyfran o gimychiaid sydd o faint cyfreithlon a r gyfran o gimychiaid bach i w weld yn Ffigwr 3. Cofnodwyd canran uwch o gimychiaid ifanc yn ystod misoedd Mehefin a Gorffennaf. Diolch yn Fawr! Mae llwyddiant y rhaglen yn dibynnu ar gymorth a brwdfrydedd y pysgotwyr lleol. Mae n angenrheidiol casglu gwybodaeth er mwyn cadw golwg ar effeithiolrwydd y rhaglen V-fylchu. Rydym yn ddiolchgar iawn i r pysgotwyr sydd wedi rhoi eu caniat d i ni fynd ar eu cychod er mwyn mesur cimychiaid. Mae r wybodaeth rydym ni n ei gasglu yn gyfrinachol ac rydym yn sicr na ellid adnabod y cychod annibynnol oddi wrth yr wybodaeth a gyflwynir. Os oes arnoch awydd helpu r gwaith hwn, cysylltwch n brif swyddfa (01524 68745) neu siaradwch ch swyddog pysgodfeydd lleol. Cofiwch! am 3 blynedd yn unig y mae r arian ar gael. Defnyddiwch ef neu fe i collwch! Pysgotagwialen Pwyllgor Pysgodfeydd Mor Gogledd Orllewin Looegr a Gogledd Cymru North Western and North Wales Sea Fisheries Committee Pysgotagwialen Map o'r Rhanbarth Pwyllgor Pysgodfeydd Mor Gogledd Orllewin Looegr a Gogledd Cymru North Western and North Wales Sea Fisheries Committee Map o'r Rhanbarth Yr 'Aegis' Pwyllgor Pysgodfeydd Mor Gogledd Orllewin Looegr a Gogledd Cymru North Western and North Wales Sea Fisheries Committee Yr 'Aegis' Freedom of Info Pwyllgor Pysgodfeydd Mor Gogledd Orllewin Looegr a Gogledd Cymru North Western and North Wales Sea Fisheries Committee Freedom of Info FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 Foreword The Freedom of Information Act received Royal Assent on 30 November 2000. The Act comes into force on 1 January 2005. The Act gives a general right of access to some types of recorded information held by a Public Authority . Although Sea Fisheries Committees are not specifically listed they are considered to be public bodies and as such should comply with the legislation. From 1 January 2005 any person has a right to request details of information held by Sea Fisheries Committees. The request must be in writing and give sufficient detail to identify the information required. The Sea Fisheries Committee must then confirm or deny the existence of the information and, if confirmed, communicate the information to the individual. The right to have access to the information does not entitle the individual to copies of documents. There may be a fee to cover costs of providing the information. Certain types of information are exempt from release as follows: Cost exemption: cost of providing information exceeds 600 Public Interest exemption: National security or information on prosecutions. Absolute exemptions: the information is already reasonably accessible; court proceedings; data protected; disclosure would breach confidentiality; prohibition by Court order. Qualified exemptions: information is soon to be published; disclosure is harmful to the U.K. economic interests; involves details of criminal investigations or civil proceedings; prejudice an accident investigation; prejudice health and safety of staff; information is legally privileged. PUBLICATION SCHEME Under the legislation every Sea Fisheries Committee is required to adopt a Publication Scheme . This scheme provides a second mechanism aiding public access to information held by the Committee. The scheme is intended to reduce the burden to public authorities of responding to requests. The scheme sets out the classes or categories of information that Sea Fisheries Committees publish or intend to publish, how the information is made available and whether or not a charge is levied. Each Sea Fisheries Committee must submit a draft Publication Scheme to the Information Commissioner for approval. There is a strict deadline for remaining public authorities including Sea Fisheries Committees which is 1 June 2004. Further information on the process is available at www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk The NW&NWSFC Publication Scheme is set out below. NORTH WESTERN & NORTH WALES SEA FISHERIES COMMITTEE PUBLICATION SCHEME Introduction The North Western & North Wales Sea Fisheries Committee (NW&NWSFC) is a statutory body with responsibilities for the management and conservation of marine resources within an area from Haverigg Point in the north to Cemaes Head in the south, and six miles offshore from the baselines. The overall aim of the NW&NWSFC is the sustainable management of the marine environment through the regulation, development and protection of fisheries resources. The Committee strives to conduct its business in an open, honest and transparent manner in order to achieve this aim. This publication scheme (the scheme) is designed to identify and facilitate access to a range of information gathered, held and used by the NW&NWSFC. The scheme will assist in ensuring that the NW&NWSFC complies with the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The scheme specifies the classes of information that the Committee publishes or intends to publish. The format in which the information is available, either hard copy, by inspection, through appointment or electronically on the designated website and whether or not the information is available free of charge or on payment of a fee. Some information will be excluded from publication. Where that is the case the reasons for exclusion will be clearly stated. Excluded throughout the scheme is general correspondence sent or received by the Committee and all information relating to private individuals by virtue of it being personal data under the Data Protection Act 1998. In certain cases a limitation on the age of some documents has been stipulated. This does not necessarily mean that information beyond a date cannot be obtained but it indicates that it is not readily available as a matter of course within the scheme. If original documents are more readily available from an alternative source, details of that source are specified within the scheme. The Chief Executive is responsible for the management of the scheme. There are two parts to the scheme: Part 1: Sets out the Core Classes of Information Part 2: Describes the availability of this information. CORE CLASSES OF INFORMATION The NW&NWSFC has identified the following core classes of information: Role, Function and Management of the Committee Committee Internal Practice and Procedure Employment Practice and Procedure Accounts Legislation Relevant to the Committee s Functions Statistical Information If you have an enquiry about a specific information source or have any comments or suggestions write to or e-mail: Dr. J. Andrews, Chief Executive, North Western & North Wales Sea Fisheries Committee, Lancaster University, Lancaster, LA1 4YY Tel: +44 (0524) 68745 E-mail: nwnwsfc@lancaster.ac.uk PUBLICATION SCHEME: CORE CLASSES 1 ROLE, FUNCTION AND MANAGEMENT OF THE COMMITTEE Information: Creation, Set-up and Constitution of the Committee Description: NW&NWSFC proceedings, powers and environmental responsibilities Availability: Copies of relevant documents available for inspection from the Committee's Offices, Lancaster University, Lancaster. A standard administration charge may be levied to cover photocopying and postage. Any such charge will be specified at the time of the request and will be payable in advance 2 COMMITTEE INTERNAL PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE 2(a) Committee Proceedings Information: Constitution and minutes of meetings of the Committee, Sub-Committees, Working Groups and Advisory Panels not excluded under the Local Government Act 1972. Description: Minuted items on reports presented at Committee meetings, Sub-Committees, Working Groups and Advisory Panels not excluded under the Local Government Act 1972. Availability: Hard copies of Committee minutes since 1890 are available for inspection at the Committee Offices, Lancaster University, Lancaster. Hard copies of Officers' reports since 1989 are available for inspection at the Committee Offices, Lancaster University, Lancaster. Notes: Copies of reports available by prior appointment. A standard administration charge may be levied to cover photocopying and postage. Any such charge will be specified at the time of the request and will be payable in advance 2(b) Health & Safety Information: Health and Safety Policy and Task Risk Assessments Description: Detailed statement of duties and responsibilities, risk assessments and arrangements for safety Availability: Hard copy available for inspection from the Committee Offices, Lancaster University, Lancaster. A standard administration charge may be levied to cover photocopying and postage. Any such charge will be specified at the time of the request and will be payable in advance Notes: Reviewed and updated periodically 3 AUDIT AND ACCOUNTS Information: Statement of Accounts for the NW&NWSFC. Description: Detailed statement of the Committee s accounts published annually. Availability: Hard copy from the Committee Offices, Lancaster University, Lancaster by prior appointment. A standard administration charge may be levied to cover photocopying and postage. Any such charge will be specified at the time of the request and will be payable in advance 4 LEGISLATION RELEVANT TO THE COMMITTEE S FUNCTION 4(a) Byelaws Information: NW&NWSFC Byelaws Description: Detailed listing of all current NW&NWSFC byelaws and provisions. Availability: Full copies of byelaws available from NW&NWSFC website ( www.nwnwsfc.org ), with explanatory information about certain byelaws. Hard copy available free of charge from the Committee Offices, Lancaster University, Lancaster. 4(b) Public Notices Information: Public Notices Description: Information relating to individual Byelaws and other fisheries legislation. Availability: Notices posted at various public locations throughout the District. Copies also distributed to interested parties and available from fishing tackle shops, harbour master's offices etc. Copies of all Public Notices available free of charge from the Committee's Offices, Lancaster University, Lancaster. 4(c) Legislation Information: General Fisheries Legislation produced by UK Government, Welsh Assembly Government, and European Community. Description: Acts, Statutory Instruments, EC Regulations, and explanatory notes and guidelines Availability: Copies available for inspection at the Committee Offices, Lancaster University, Lancaster by prior appointment. A standard administration charge may be levied to cover photocopying and postage. Any such charge will be specified at the time of the request and will be payable in advance. Acts of Parliament can be downloaded and viewed free of charge from the HMSO website www.legislation.hmso.gov.uk . The TSO website www.tso.co.uk provides information for hard copy legislation. 5 STATISTICAL AND INFORMATION Information: Scientific Survey Data Description: Quantitative data from surveys of various shellfish beds within the District undertaken to inform fisheries management. Availability: Copies available for inspection at the Committee Offices, Lancaster University, Lancaster by prior appointment. A standard administration charge may be levied to cover photocopying and postage. Any such charge will be specified at the time of the request and will be payable in advance. NW&NWSFC June 2004 Min Fish Sizes Pwyllgor Pysgodfeydd Mor Gogledd Orllewin Looegr a Gogledd Cymru North Western and North Wales Sea Fisheries Committee Min Fish Sizes Minimum Fish Sizes The statutory minimum sizes for finned fish and shellfish in force in the District are set out in the table below. These sizes are set to conserve fish stocks by protecting juvenile fish. It is an offence for any person (whether an angler or commercial fisherman) to take any fish that are smaller than the sizes given here. We can, and do, prosecute offenders. If you need guidance on how to measure fish, please contact us. Finned Fish Scientific Name Cymraeg English Min Size (mm) Clupea harengus Ysgadennyn/Pennog Herring 200 Dicentrarchus labrax Draenog M r Bass 360 Gadus morhua Penfras Cod 350 Lepidorhombus spp Lleden Fair Megrim 200 Melanogrammus aeglefinus Corbenfras/hadog Haddock 300 Merlangius merlangus Gwyniad y M r Whiting 270 Merluccius merluccius Cegddu Hake 270 Molva dypterygia Honos / Brenhinbysg Glas Blue Ling 700 Molva molv a Honos / Brenhinbysg Ling 630 Mullus surmuletus Hyrddyn Coch Red mullet 150 Pleuronectes platessa Lleden smotyn coch Plaice 270 Pollachius pollachius Pysgodyn Gwyn Pollack 300 Pollachius virens Morlas/Celog Saithe / Coalfish 350 Sardina pilchardus Sard n Sardine 110 Scomber scombrus Macrell Mackerel 200 Solea solea Lleden Chwithig Sole 240 Thunnus thynnus Tiwna asgell l s Bluefin tuna 6.4kg or 700 Trachurus trachurus Marchfacrell Horse Mackerel 150 Xiphias gladius Cleddbysgodyn Swordfish 25kg or 1250 mm lower mandible Shellfish Scientific Name Cymraeg English Min Size (mm) Aequipecten opercularis Cragen y frenhines Queen scallop 40 Buccinum undatum Gwalc Whelk 45 Callista chione Cragen galed Hard clam 60 Cancer pagurus Cranc bwytadwy Edible crab 130 Cerastoderma edule Cocos Cockle Shall not pass through a square opening of 20mm Donax spp Cragen donacs Donax clam 25 Ensis spp M r-gyllel Razor clam 100 Homarus gammarus Cimwch Lobster 87 Liocarcinus puber Cranc Melfed Velvet crab 65 Maia squinado Cranc Heglog Spider crab 120 Mytilus edulis Cr gen l s Mussel 45 Nephrops norvegicus Cimwch Norwy Nephrops 70 total length 20 carapace Octopus vulgaris Octopws Octopus 750g Palinurus spp. Siacar goch Crawfish 95 Parapenaeus longirostris Perdysen rhosyn dyfnddwr Deepwater rose shrimp 22 Pecten maximus Cregyn Cylchog Scallop 100 south of 52 30 N outside 3 mile limit. 110 elsewhere Pharus legumen M r-gyllel ffa Bean solen 65 Ruditapes decussatus Cragen garped rhiglog Grooved carpet shell 40 Ruditapes phillipinarum Cragen fyrwddf Short necked clam 40 Spisula solidissima - Surf clam 25 Venerupis pallustra Cragen garped Carpetshell 38 Venus verrucosa Cragen fylchog Clam 40 Lobsters Pwyllgor Pysgodfeydd Mor Gogledd Orllewin Looegr a Gogledd Cymru North Western and North Wales Sea Fisheries Committee Lobsters Lobster Notching Programme The North Western and North Wales Sea Fisheries Committee has been granted 196,020 from the European Commission for a lobster notching programme in the Objective One area, which covers Conwy, Gwynedd, Anglesey and Ceredigion. Berried female lobsters (those carrying eggs underneath their abdomen) are marked with a notch in the tail and returned to sea. Whilst the notch remains in the tail the lobster is protected under SFC byelaws and legislation of the National Assembly for Wales, so that it can reproduce freely, boosting egg production and recruitment of juveniles to the fishery. The notch becomes smaller with each subsequent moult and disappears completely after 2 to 3 years. The lobster may then be caught and legally retained. Fishermen receive the full market price for each lobster which is notched and returned to sea. Notching is carried out by local fishery officers and our recently appointed Research Assistant, Ingrid Iredale. The programme is a positive and non-intrusive way of protecting the breeding females in their natural environment without undue inconvenience to the fishermen. The money is only available for 3 years. It must be used or it will be lost! Progress to date Our Byelaw 30 returns indicate that 197 boats are currently employed in the lobster fishery of the North Western and North Wales Sea Fisheries District. 6,200 lobsters have been marked with a notch since the programme began in July 2003. NWNWSFC plan to notch 15,000 lobsters between 2003 and 2006. Lobster Research Data Collection Our Fishery Officers have been collecting information about lobster catches on local fishing vessels in Cardigan Bay and around the Llyn Peninsula since July 2002. This information is very useful and tells us much more about the fishery than can be understood by looking at the landings alone. The number of lobsters in each pot are counted and the catch per unit effort (CPUE) recorded as the number of lobsters per 100 pot hauls. This helps us to understand the relative abundance of lobsters in the area. Each lobster is measured and their sex noted together with the presence of berries and notches. Pot type is recorded as different designs display different catch characteristics. Findings T he relative number of lobsters caught on each fishing trip varies according to the weather and the time of year. An average sex ratio of 41 % male: 59 % female was observed, but this ratio varied slightly in different months, as can be seen in Figure 1. The ratio of females to males is particularly higher in July and August, due to the moulting and breeding cycle. The seasonal change in the proportion of legal sized to undersized lobsters is shown in Figure 2. Higher percentages of juveniles were recorded during June and July. Other Plans and Schemes Lobster Movement Study This year we are marking lobsters with coloured bands that are allocated to specific areas, which will enable fishermen to see for themselves, how the lobsters are moving around. The study will be in two parts 1. Banding notched lobsters by NWNWSFC staff 2. Banding undersized lobsters at sea by experienced fishermen A map showing the band colours for each area can be downloaded here . Thank You Very Much! The success of the Notching Programme is dependent on the help and enthusiasm of local fishermen. We are very grateful to the skippers who let us take catch measurements aboard their boats. All information gathered is confidential and we ensure that individual boats cannot be identified from the data presented. If you would like to help with this work, call our head office (01524-68745), or speak to your local fishery officer Angling Pwyllgor Pysgodfeydd Mor Gogledd Orllewin Looegr a Gogledd Cymru North Western and North Wales Sea Fisheries Committee Angling Angling This page is under construction District Map Pwyllgor Pysgodfeydd Mor Gogledd Orllewin Looegr a Gogledd Cymru North Western and North Wales Sea Fisheries Committee District Map Cockling Pwyllgor Pysgodfeydd Mor Gogledd Orllewin Looegr a Gogledd Cymru North Western and North Wales Sea Fisheries Committee Cockling Cockle Bed Closures - Newbiggin / Aldingham - Middleton - Traeth Lafan Since November 2002 there has been a high intensity of cockle fishing in the NW&NWSFC District, most of which has been concentrated in Morecambe Bay. Large groups of people have travelled to the area to work on the cockle beds in the Bay. Cockle fishing at high intensity for a long period of time can threaten stocks, and beds must be closed at times to protect the broodstock. The cockle beds in the NWNWSFC are monitored regularly by the scientific staff to establish the size and character of stocks. SFC staff make recommendations to the Committee based on these surveys. The Committee then determines whether or not to close the cockle bed. This page summarises information about current closures. Legal Information Cockle bed closures have been made under the Committee's Byelaw 13A . Closures of cockle beds apply to all people, whether gathering cockles commercially or for their own consumption. We regularly patrol cockle beds to ensure that closures are respected. The NW&NWSFC carefully monitor cockle beds, and keep closures under review. They will only be lifted once our scientists are satisfied that fishing will not adversely affect the future stocks. Newbiggin / Aldingham, Morecambe Bay On 21st June 2004, the NW&NWSFC introduced a temporary closure of the cockle bed lying between Wadhead Scar and Foulney Island in South Cumbria. The area closed is illustrated in the map below. A recent scientific survey of the cockle bed showed significant changes in the cockle stock since the previous survey in March 2004. Juvenile stocks - the survey showed that the recruitment of 2004 juveniles has started in the area. Juvenile cockles are quite fragile, and high mortality can occur if they are disturbed. Scientists observed a high mortality of juveniles in this area during 2003, related to intense fishing pressure. If the 2004 juveniles were also to suffer similar mortality, the long term future of this cockle bed would be threatened. Adult stocks - these had fallen to perilously low levels since the March survey, a result of the sustained fishing effort. The density of adult cockles had fallen to 20 per square metre (m -2 ) in much of the area. Research has shown that where cockle stocks fall below this level there can be problems with reproduction and recruitment. Middleton , Morecambe Bay This cockle bed (illustrated) was closed on 20 th August after a scientific survey showed that the bed contained a large proportion of undersized cockles. As a precaution, this closure has been extended northwards to the Stone Jetty in Morecambe in order to protect some small cockle beds that could be adversely affected by displaced fishing pressure. Traeth Lafan , Gwynedd Notices have been placed at Traeth Lafan in North Wales indicating that the cockle bed will be closed on Friday 27 th August. Again, this decision has been taken after a scientific survey of the bed and following a period of fishing during which the removal of undersized cockles became a serious issue . Shellfish Laws Pwyllgor Pysgodfeydd Mor Gogledd Orllewin Looegr a Gogledd Cymru North Western and North Wales Sea Fisheries Committee Shellfish Laws Fishing for Lobsters, Crabs and other shellfish This page summarises some of the byelaws in force for people fishing for lobsters, crabs and other shellfish. Full details of these can be found in our byelaw book . 1. Daily Bag Limits Unlicensed, unregistered vessels shall not land more than the specified amount of the species listed below in a calendar day. Species Quantity allowed per day Lobsters Homarus gammarus 2 individuals Crawfish Palinurus elephas 1 individual Edible crabs Cancer pagurus Spider crabs Maia squinado Combined total of 5 individuals Prawns Pandalidae and Palaemondiae 1 kilogram Whelks Buccinum undatum 5 kilograms All such fish must be landed on the same calendar day on which they were caught and may not be stored in any keep pot or similar device at sea. 2. Minimum sizes Do not take lobsters smaller than 87 mm carapace length. The carapace length is the distance between the back of the eyesocket and the rear of the carapace, as illustrated in the diagram below. A complete list of all minimum sizes is available here . 3. "V" Notched Lobsters Do not take lobsters with a notched or mutilated tail. U and V shaped notches are used in alternate years and are illustrated below. A mutilated tail is one where any of the 5 tail flaps are damaged or missing. 4. Marking of pots All pots, nets, traps, keep pots must be marked with a substantial buoy, pole or perch. The owner's name, vessel number or other identifying mark must be clearly displayed on at least one buoy, pole or perch. Netting Pwyllgor Pysgodfeydd Mor Gogledd