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Following careful consideration of all responses received, we have decided to proceed with introduction of the byelaw. We have now made the Margate and Long Sands European Marine Site (Specified Areas) Bottom Towed Fishing Gear Byelaw 2017 in exercise of our powers under section 129 of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009.
We will now submit the byelaw to the Secretary of State, and request that the byelaw is confirmed so that its provisions can come into force. Once the byelaw has been confirmed, we will publish notification of this.
We have also updated our assessment of the impact of fishing in the Margate and Long Sands EMS to address issues raised, including:
- use of fisheries data;
- typical species;
- in-combination assessment.
There are links to the following documents below:
- a decision document which details how the points raised have been considered and what action has been taken.
- the Margate and Long Sands European Marine Site (Specified Areas) Bottom Towed Fishing Gear Byelaw 2017
- the regulatory impact assessment for the above byelaw
- an updated assessment of the impacts of fishing on Margate and Long Sands EMS
- the MMO MPA Fisheries Assessment Methodology
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From October to December 2017 we consulted on the introduction of a byelaw to prohibit bottom towed fishing in parts of the Margate and Long Sands European Marine Site (EMS).