SWSFCSouth Wales Sea Fisheries Committee (UK)
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The one exception is scallops, which are protected by specific SWSFC byelaws that also prevent the use of dredges or beam trawls.
But the SWSFC district is measured from a baseline drawn across Carmarthen Bay - which placed the trawler some three miles inside the restricted area.
A SWSFC spokesman said the bylaws restricting vessel size was a safeguard for the inshore fleet who could not 'nomadically' wander but had to wait inshore stocks to rise.
The Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs polices such activities, but the SWSFC will be able to help with enforcement.
The committee's financial problem may have been partially resolved with the recent successful outcome of a judicial review of the National Assembly's controversial new funding formula which had given SWSFC less in real terms than the income it received 10 years ago.