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Consultation process for reviewing and developing future cockle management


Under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009, Kent & Essex Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (KEIFCA) has the responsibility to manage the exploitation of sea fisheries resources in our District. In addition, we have a duty to seek to balance the social and economic benefits of exploiting the sea fisheries resources of the district with the need to protect the marine environment from, or promote its recovery from, the exploits of such exploitation.

The Thames estuary sustains some of the largest populations and fisheries of cockles (Cerastoderma edule) in the UK and directly supports jobs and skills in our local communities. The main current management system, the Thames Estuary Cockle Fishery Order1994 is due to end in 2024. We have developed this website to help you to navigate through our review of the current KEIFCA cockle fishery management system and engage in the process of developing future cockle management.

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Statutory Consultation for new Regulating Order

Since the 17 September 2021 Kent and Essex IFCA has engaged in a detailed process to review and develop future cockle management in the KEIFCA district with the aim of confirming new legislation before the current Thames Estuary Cockle Fishery Order 1994 ends on the 28 September 2024.
Schedule 1 of the Shellfish Act, requires that the draft order be published, following which there is a 30 day period (29 February 2024 until the 29 March 2024) for receipt of representations or objections to the new Thames Estuary Cockle Fishery Order 2024. 


Special IFCA meeting 19 October 2022

Members of Kent & Essex IFCA will be meeting at Chelmsford Council offices on 19 October to discuss and vote on the following matters:

1.  Running Consultation 2 and plans for Consultation 3

2.  Agreeing the final framework option

3.  Update on consultation for 2023 cockle permit fishery

The agenda for the meeting can be found at

Members of the public are welcome to attend the public part of the meeting