I believe that somewhere within the marine bill some of the new powers that are going to be given to IFCA, s are to just what you suggest. Having the power to close a fishery if they think that it is being over exploited. A Bit like what DEFRA do now in closing a fishery if they think that an endangered spices (letís say cod for example) is being overly exploited as a buy catch within that fishery.
Will have a dig about and see if I can come up with anymore information on it.
Just for the record, at the annual SFC meeting held at the then Board of Trade (fisheries) on 27 May 1893, that very same topic was discussed.
As was other agenda items such as undersized fish, expenses, enforcement, dumping of sludge and scientific research.
It would appear that very little has changed.