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Members of the IFCA have met and discussed the results of consultation 1. Our next consultation will be going live on 21 July 2022, closing on 16 September 2022

Consultation 2 looks to explore the different methods, systems, or criteria that the IFCA might use to manage, limit or control access to a specific management area.

For more information click on consultation 2 on the timeline

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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