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Kent & Essex IFCA has conducted extensive research into cockle management approaches across the UK. This report looks at four cockle fisheries selected for the different approaches they take to their management

To view the report go to Consultation 1 and click on background reports


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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