Chapter 4 of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 gives officers of the North Western Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (NWIFCA) the power to seize any fish, shellfish and equipment believed to be in breach of NWIFCA byelaws, legacy byelaws, or European and National legislation. After 3 months unclaimed seized items are forfeited to the authority.

Current Seized Items

Angling Equipment from Heysham Bass Nursery Area

Date: 03/06/21
Position found: Under the pier in Heysham Bass Nursery Area
Inspecting Officers: IFCO Burdekin and IFCO Graham
Reason for Seizure: Seized under section 269 of the Marine and Coastal Access Act due to being stored within Heysham Bass Nursery Area where possession of fishing gear is prohibited under NWIFCA Byelaw 5.
Offence: Breach of NWIFCA Byelaw 5
Description of seized item(s):

  • Half rod with reel
  • Black and red rucksack containing lures, hooks and side cutters
  • Damage Lancaster city council recycling
  • Head of a hammer
  • One improvised priest

Further action: The seized item(s) will be stored by NWIFCA. NWIFCA may retain the seized item(s) for the purpose of an investigation. If the seized item(s) are not claimed within 3 months, the item(s) may be disposed of as the authority see fit. This notice was posted on 10th June 2021 the three month period for forfeiture ends on 10th September 2021.

If you wish to claim the seized items please contact the NWIFCA Office at the following:
North Western Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority
1 Preston Street
Tel: 01524 727970
Email: [email protected]