Fisherman hope to hold talks about a new bylaw which could impact on their catches.
The Eastern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA) is applying to the Government to create a protected areas bylaw on parts of The Wash which could have an impact on the area’s fishing industry.
IFCA is hoping to restrict the use of bottom towed gear from dredging parts of The Wash to protect ross worms, eelgrass and boulders and cobbles.
This new law could impact the pink and brown shrimp fisherman who land catches in Lynn and Boston.
It is estimated that the plans could cost fisherman between £50,579 and £380,349.50.
Shrimps caught in The Wash are believed to be sold to the Dutch market.
The Great Wash Fishing Industry Group, which represents the Lynn and Boston fleets, is hoping to hold talks with the IFCA over the plans.
Group chairman Andy Roper said the bylaw could create problems in stowing the gear during difficult tidal conditions along with impacting on their day and fuel.
He said: “We could the lose the ability to supply pink shrimp forever as one of the biggest fishing grounds is affected.
“We are trying to hold talks but there is not a lot of light at the end of the tunnel.”
He also feels that it is unfair to target fisherman when there are no restrictions on wind turbines to protect the seabed.
The new bylaw is aimed at creating the sand reefs created by ross worm along with the boulders from damage by towing fishing gear.
The IFCA is currently running a consultation the plan.
Head of marine protection Julian Gregory said: “There are two features very close together.
“We are looking to get the right balance between protecting features and maintaining and supporting a viable fishing industry.”
The consultation will be running until Monday, November 11. Comments can be sent to the IFCA, 6 North Lynn Business Village, Bergen Way, Lynn.