Habitats Regulations Assessments (HRAs)

Cockle and Mussel Fisheries HRAs

HRA Area and Activity
Ribble Estuary – Southport Cockle Fishery (September 2023) Southport (Ribble Estuary) – Cockle Fishery
Morecembe Bay undersize mussel Fishery 2023 Fleetwood – Perch and Black Scar – seed musse
Ribble Estuary – Southport Cockle Fishery (September 2022)
Southport (Ribble Estuary) – Cockle Fishery
Morecambe Bay undersize mussel hand gathering & dredge Fishery (August 2022)

Annexes to HRA 

South America, Perch Scar and Heysham Flat – seed mussel
Duddon Estuary Mussel Fishery Duddon Estuary – Mussel Fishery
Morecambe Bay Cockle Fishery (September 2021) Morecambe Bay (Pilling) – Cockle Fishery
Undersize Mussel hand gathering & dredge fishery (July 2021) Morecambe Bay – Seed Mussel
Morecambe Bay Cockle Fisheries (September 2020) Leven, Flookburgh, Newbiggin and Pilling – Cockle Fishery
South America (August 2020) South America (Morecambe Bay) – Seed Mussel
Heysham Flat (August 2020) Heysham  Flat – Hand Gathered Seed Mussel
Leasowe Cockle Fishery (September 2019) Leasowe – Cockle Fishery
Morecambe Bay Cockle Fisheries (September 2019) Leven, Flookburgh and Pilling – Cockle Fisheries
Morecambe Bay Cockle Fisheries (January 2019) Leven, Flookburgh and Pilling – Cockle Fisheries
Leven and Flookburgh (October 2018) Leven and Flookburgh – Cockle Fishery
North Penfold (July 2018) North Penfold – Size and Undersize Cockle (during closed season)
Heysham Flat (July 2018) Heysham Flat – Seed Mussel
South America/Falklands (May 2018) South America/Falklands Undersize Mussel
West Kirby (December 2017) West Kirby – Size Mussel Fishery
Leven, Flookburgh and Pilling (September 2017) Leven, Flookburgh and Pilling – Cockle Fishery
Leasowe (September 2017) Leasowe – Cockle Fishery
Heysham Flat (July 2017) Heysham Flat – Hand Gathered Seed Mussel Fishery
Heysham Flat (December 2016) Heysham Flat – Size Mussel Fishery
Leven Sands (November 2016) Leven Sands – Cockle Fishery
South America and Falklands (July 2016) South America and Falklands – Dredge Seed Mussel Fishery
Heysham Flat (July 2016) Heysham Flat – Hand Gathered Seed Mussel Fishery
Pilling (2016) Pilling – Cockle Fishery
Leven Sands (March 2016) Leven Sands – Cockle Fishery

Cold Weather Protocol

During periods of severe cold weather the NWIFCA must assess whether fishing activities taking place within a Special Protection Area (SPA) pose a risk to the designated bird species.The purpose of this protocol is to set out the criteria that must be met, the risks that must be considered, and the steps that NWIFCA will follow when such an event occurs.

NORTH WEST IFCA INTERTIDAL FISHERY COLD WEATHER PROTOCOL (PDF)

Fishing Activity HRAs

HRA Area and Activity
NWIFCA-DC-SAC-001 Drigg Coast – Non Occurring Activities
NWIFCA-DC-SAC-002 Drigg Coast – Hand Working Winkles (Access from Land)
NWIFCA-DC-SAC-003 Drigg Coast – Pots and Creels
NWIFCA-DC-SAC-004 Drigg Coast – Static Fixed Netting
NWIFCA-DC-SAC-005 Drigg Coast – Longlines (Demersal)
NWIFCA-DE-EMS-001 Dee Estuary – Non Occurring Activities
NWIFCA-DE-EMS-001A Dee Estuary – Non Occurring Activities
NWIFCA-DE-EMS-004 Dee Estuary – Longlines (Demersal)
NWIFCA-DE-EMS-005 Dee Estuary – Static Fixed and Drift Netting
NWIFCA-DE-EMS-006 Dee Estuary – Beach Seines and Ring Nets
NWIFCA-DE-EMS-007 Dee Estuary – Handlines (Jigging and Trolling)
NWIFCA-DE-EMS-008 Dee Estuary – Shrimp Push Nets
NWIFCA-LB-SPA-001 Liverpool Bay/Bae Lerpwl – Non Occurring Activities
NWIFCA-LD-SAC-001 Shell Flat and Lune Deep – Non Occurring Activities
NWIFCA-LD-SAC-002 Shell Flat and Lune Deep – Pots and Creels
NWIFCA-LD-SAC-003 Shell Flat and Lune Deep – Static Fixed and Drift Netting
NWIFCA-LD-SAC-RedRisk Shell Flat and Lune Deep – Multi-rig Trawls and Light Otter Trawls
NWIFCA-MB-EMS-001 Morecambe Bay and Duddon Estuary – Non Occurring Activities
NWIFCA-MB-EMS-001A Morecambe Bay and Duddon Estuary – Non Occurring Activities
NWIFCA-MB-EMS-002 Morecambe Bay and Duddon Estuary – Light Otter Trawling
NWIFCA-MB-EMS-003 Morecambe Bay and Duddon Estuary – Beam Trawling Shrimp
NWIFCA-MB-EMS-009 Morecambe Bay and Duddon Estuary – Pots and Creels
NWIFCA-MB-EMS-010 Morecambe Bay and Duddon Estuary – Static Fixed and Drift Netting
NWIFCA-MB-EMS-011 Morecambe Bay and Duddon Estuary – Longlines (Demersal)
NWIFCA-MB-EMS-013 Morecambe Bay and Duddon Estuary – Shrimp Push Nets
NWIFCA-ME-SPA-001 Mersey Estuary – Non Occurring Activities
NWIFCA-ME-SPA-005 Mersey Estuary – Static Fixed and Drift Netting
NWIFCA-MN-SPA-001 Mersey Narrows and North Wirral Foreshore – Non Occurring Activities
NWIFCA-MN-SPA-003 Mersey Narrows and North Wirral Foreshore – Static Fixed Netting
NWIFCA-MN-SPA-004 Mersey Narrows and North Wirral Foreshore – Longlines (Demersal)
NWIFCA-MN-SPA-005 Mersey Narrows and North Wirral Foreshore – Beach Seines and Ring Nets
NWIFCA-MN-SPA-006 Mersey Narrows and North Wirral Foreshore – Shrimp Push Nets
NWIFCA-RA-SPA-001 Ribble and Alt Estuaries – Non Occurring Activities
NWIFCA-RA-SPA-002 Ribble and Alt Estuaries – Beam Trawling Shrimp
NWIFCA-RA-SPA-005 Ribble and Alt Estuaries – Pots and Creels
NWIFCA-RA-SPA-006 Ribble and Alt Estuaries – Static Fixed Netting
NWIFCA-RA-SPA-007 Ribble and Alt Estuaries – Drift Netting
NWIFCA-RA-SPA-008 Ribble and Alt Estuaries – Longlines (Demersal)
NWIFCA-RA-SPA-010 Ribble and Alt Estuaries – Shrimp Push Nets
NWIFCA-SF-EMS-001 Solway Firth – Non Occuring Activities
NWIFCA-SF-EMS-001A Solway Firth – Non Occuring Activities
NWIFCA-SF-EMS-003 Solway Firth – Beam Trawling Shrimp (Crangon crangon)
NWIFCA-SF-EMS-009 Solway Firth – Longlines (Demersal)
NWIFCA-SF-EMS-011 Solway Firth – Pots and Creels