INshore potting agreement:
Mid channel blocks:
During the late 1970s, technology had continued to develop, enabling local boats to travel some miles offshore and into neighbouring waters. Drawing on the experience with the IPA, fishermen opened discussions with European counterparts, debating access and eventually deciding to share prime fishing grounds in the mid-channel between sectors.
Uniquely in the UK, the collaboration means that for part of the year, areas in the mid channel are set aside purely for crab fishing and at other times trawling on an entirely voluntary basis.
PDF of IPA charts from DSIFCA:
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