Intertidal hand-gathering of shellfish in Northern Ireland: A call for evidence

Closes 1 Sep 2022

Opened 9 Jun 2022


Thank you for taking the time to consider this consultation paper. The Department welcomes your views on the development of management measures for intertidal hand-gathering of shellfish in Northern Ireland. This activity is currently unregulated and as a result, the Department holds limited information on the commercial scale of this fishery. This consultation outlines potential management measures that are intended to protect intertidal shellfish stocks from unsustainable exploitation and to provide protection for habitats and species that could be damaged or disturbed by intertidal shellfish gathering.  The Department is also making a call for evidence to inform the socio-economic impact assessments.

The consultation will last for 12 weeks, commencing on 9th June 2022.

Please ensure that your response reaches us before the closing date of 1st September 2022.

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  • All stakeholders


  • Environment
  • Wildlife
  • Fisheries