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Fishing Pots within enclosed harbours

From 13 August 2021

I remind all fishermen that the laying of pots, traps and any other fishing gear within the enclosed harbours of Tor Bay is a breach of Harbour Bye-Laws

Tor Bay Harbour Bye-law 79 (ii) 

No person shall:-

within an Enclosed Harbour or on any part of the Harbour Estate set boulters, spinners, or ground lines, trammel, set net, seine, trawl or snares of any description for the capture of fish or, without the consent of the Harbour Master, fish with rod or line or otherwise on any of the piers, wharves or slipways.

All such equipment positioned within an enclosed harbour is considered to be a hazard to safe navigation and will be removed without notice. The Harbour Authority has received a number of reports of vessels getting snagged on pot markers. Therefore, all harbour users are advised that under powers provided by the Tor Bay Harbour Act; any markers and fishing gear found within the enclosed harbours will be removed to a storage area prior to disposal. Anyone persistently breaching the Harbour Bye-Laws will risk prosecution and could face an insurance or personal claim for any damages caused to vessels getting snagged on illegally placed fishing gear.

Simon Pinder (Acting Head of Service)

Acting Head of Service