A small fleet of fishermen operates from the Harbour, often fishing in the wider Solent. Fishing activities are regulated by the Southern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (SIFCA).
The Harbour is a nursery for bass and the health of the juvenile fish is monitiored and recorded regularly by SIFCA. There is a small oyster fishery which is also monitored by the Chichester Harbour Oyster Partnership Initiative (CHOPI)- a partnership comprising the Conservancy, Sussex IFCA and Natural England.
Fisheries Regulations for Bass within Chichester Harbour
1. Bass Nursery Areas: Within any part of the harbour (definition of area below) (i) fishing for bass from any fishing boat is prohibited between 30th April and 1st November and (ii) fishing for any type of fish using sand-eels for bait from any fishing boat is also prohibited during the same period.
Definition of Area: All tidal waters enclosed by a line drawn 192º true from Eastoke Point to Chichester Bar Beacon then 078º true to Cakeham Tower.
2. Minimum size: The Undersize Bass Order. The prescribed minimum size for bass is 42cm in length.
Please see the Sussex IFCA Bass Fishing Notice for further information.
For Recreational Fisheries
From 01 January 2018 to 30 June 2018 - Catch and release only permitted
From 01 July 2018 to 31 December 2018 - One bass per fisherman per day
In summary a recreational angler within Chichester Harbour may only land one bass per day from 2nd November to 31st December.