Monday 07 January 2013
With the approach of the first Ormering tides of 2013, the Sea Fisheries Section of the Commerce and Employment Department is highlighting the recently published 'Code of Practice for Ormer Gatherers' which has been developed in conjunction with the States of Guernsey Environment Department.
The code provides a set of guidelines for gathering Ormers in the Bailiwick with the focus on conservation of the local marine environment and to encourage a responsible approach to the activity.
Shore gathering is very much a traditional activity in Guernsey which is becoming increasingly popular so it is important that the guidelines and regulations are followed to ensure that damage or disturbance to our shoreline is kept to the absolute minimum. This will not only conserve our ormer stocks but also help protect the marine habitat vital for other species on the shoreline for future generations. The Code of Practice for Ormer Gatherers should be read together with the current Ormer gathering regulations.
Sea Fisheries Officers will be undertaking routine patrols to monitor shore gathering activity throughout the winter Ormering tides and will be regularly sampling catches to ensure that the minimum landing size (MLS) of 80mm is being adhered to.
January 2013 dates for Ormering tides; 11th, 12th, 13th and 27th, 28th, 29th
· The Code of Practice for Ormer Gatherers can be found within the Sea Fisheries pages in the Tides 2013 book (page 73) and is also available to download on the Sea Fisheries website Sea Fisheries Section website;