Notice: North Penfold Cockle Fishery

The NWIFCA is to authorise current NWIFCA Byelaw 3 permit holders to gather cockle (size and undersize) from North Penfold from 30th July 2018 to 31st August 2018.

Fishing is only authorised during specified tides Monday – Friday (excluding bank holiday Monday).

For full details read the Authorisation and HRA available to download below.

Authorisation and HRA

North Penfold Authorisation

North Penfold HRA

Access Permits

You must obtain an access permit from Sefton Council to access the fishery.

Vehicle permits will not be issued on site and must be in place prior to the cockle fishery opening. No permits will be issued after the 27th July.

All vehicle permit applications will require the following documentation:

  1. Current and valid vehicle insurance documents for quad bike and transport vehicle
  2. Signed terms and conditions
  3. Completed contact information sheet

And one of the following:

  1. NWIFCA Byelaw 3 Permit or;
  2. NWIFCA Support Worker Permit or;
  3. GLAA Gangmaster Licence

If you wish to supply documents in advance, contact Gill Burcombe at [email protected] for a vehicle permit application pack. Permits must be collected from the Ainsdale Discovery Centre (address below) between Monday 23rd July – Friday 27th July between the hours of 10:00 and 15:30.

You can arrange your permit in person at the Ainsdale Discovery Centre between Monday 23rd July – Friday 27th July between the hours of 10:00 and 15:30. The terms and conditions form and contact information sheet will be available at the office during these times. You must bring your valid vehicle insurance documents and either your NWIFCA Byelaw 3 Permit, NWIFCA Support Worker Permit or GLA Licence in order to be issued with a permit.

Ainsdale Discovery Centre,
The Promenade,

Registration Forms

Requests for registration forms must be submitted in writing to West Lancashire Borough Council by email to [email protected]. Requests will be processed as soon as possible and registration forms will be sent by post. Please ensure you submit your request for registration documents well in advance of the bed opening date to ensure sufficient time for the documents to be posted to you. Registration forms will NOT be available directly from the fishery site. More information is available at