National Inshore Marine Enforcement Group (NIMEG)



The purpose of the group is to bring together expertise in the field of regulation and enforcement within inshore fisheries and marine conservation in order to develop and support joint working and consistency; identify and share best practice; and to promote professionalism and competence.


Officers who hold a decision-making mandate with operational responsibility for regulation and enforcement from the following organisations:

  • Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities (IFCA)
  • Environment Agency (EA)
  • Marine Management Organisation (MMO)

Associate Membership

IFCO boarding

Other relevant organisations may be invited to join the group where it is considered to be appropriate. Officers from organisations with a function that is analogous to those of the core membership will have a standing invitation to attend all NIMEG meetings. This includes the following organisations:

  • Defra
  • Channel Islands State Fisheries Departments (Guernsey & Jersey)
  • Isle of Man Fisheries Department
  • Marine and Fisheries Division, Welsh Government
  • Marine & Fisheries Division, DAERA Northern Island
  • Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (CEFAS)
  • Association of Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (AIFCA)
  • Natural England (NE)


Notwithstanding the generality of the purpose of the group, its functions will include:

  • Promoting joint working at national, regional and local levels
  • Developing and implementing, where appropriate, national policy, process and procedure based upon best practice
  • Promoting consistency in regulation across jurisdictional boundaries
  • Identification of training and development needs for constituent organisations
  • Implementation of training strategies
  • The group will also provide a forum to debate relevant issues of national importance and will act in an advisory capacity to the IFCA Chief Officer Group on all matters associated with regulation and enforcement.