IFCAs appoint new National Lead Training Officer

09 February 2021

IFCAs appoint new National Lead Training Officer 

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The Association of Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authorities (AIFCAs) has recently appointed Stevie Travis to the role of IFCAs National Lead Training Officer. He will be responsible for the identification and delivery of training needs and solutions for all staff throughout the ten IFCAs in England. 

Following his appointment, Stevie commented “I am both thrilled and delighted to take up this role and be in a position to provide the vital training support that the IFCA family needs. I have a real passion for training, and I will use this to build up on the excellent work that has already been done with the learning and development of our officers and staff in enabling them to fulfil the IFCA vision: to lead, champion and manage a sustainable marine environment and inshore fisheries, by successfully securing the right balance between social, environmental and economic benefits to ensure healthy seas, sustainable fisheries and viable industries”  

Stevie brings with him a wealth of training knowledge and links to the fishing industry. He enjoyed a 20-year career with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and has also worked as a commercial fisherman. Over the past few years, he has delivered many safety courses to fishers from all over the UK and Ireland as a Trainer at Whitby Fishing School, including elements to students on the Diploma in Sea Fishing course. He joins AIFCA from the Seafish Training Team, where he was employed as a Fisherman’s Training Advisor.  

Les Weller, vice chairman of the AIFCA said of Stevie's appointment “I particularly welcome the appointment of Steve Travis as the National Lead Training Officer for IFCAs. Stevie has a particular knowledge of the North of England. His Skills from SEAFISH and the MCA will prove invaluable for the Association of IFCAs and more practically the ten regional IFCAs”    

Ian Jones, chief officer of Southern IFCA (and previously the IFCAs training lead) said of Stevie's appointment "I am really looking forward to working with Stevie; his skills and experience bring a great deal to the role. Through the national training group, we are now in a strong position to build upon and further develop our IFCA officers by assessing and accrediting them with a national marine enforcement qualification as well as branch out into other areas of training such as safety and co-management

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