22 April 2015
The Department of the Environment and Ports of Jersey are reminding fishermen to ensure that fishing gear set at sea complies with all the relevant fisheries, navigation and harbour regulations and notices.
Fishing is a popular activity around Jersey’s coast, and pots and nets are used by many people throughout the year to catch fish and shellfish, particularly in the warmer months.
Marine Resources Assistant Director Greg Morel said “All nets and pots at sea must be clearly marked with the vessel’s J or JY number and you must adhere to all other regulations relating to nets and pots. If you’re in any doubt please contact the Department of the Environment and ask to speak to a Marine Resources Officer.”
Fishing equipment must also be set in accordance to the maritime safety and harbour regulations. These can be found on the Ports of Jersey website.
Harbourmaster Phillip Buckley said “These rules are in place for the benefit of all, as safety at sea must be at the forefront of everyone’s mind. I ask fishermen to pay particular attention to the setting of gear in and around our harbours, approaches and charted passages.
“The use of floating rope to set fishing gear can be a hazard if not done properly, particularly in these areas and I urge everyone to ensure their activity does not cause a possible hazard to other marine users.”
Over the next few weeks Marine Resource officers will be out checking fishing equipment.