The Executive Member for Climate Change, Coastal Protection and Flooding presented the report to update Members regarding shellfish collection and to offer support to the Devon and Severn Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority in the management of the resource.
Members commented that the informal and largely unregulated public collection of shellfish was a challenging local issue. Members asked officers to explore if the Exe Estuary Management Partnership, Teign Estuary and Coastal Partnership or South East Devon Habitats Regulations Partnership would be able to assist a Byelaw creation process.
RESOLVED that the:-
(1) Report be noted;
(2) Devon and Severn Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority be supported in efforts to manage the shellfisheries in the Teign and Exe Estuaries; and
(3) Devon and Severn Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority be recommended to adopt either a sectoral or geographical approach to prioritise the early adoption of an appropriate Byelaw.
The vote was unanimous.