Updates & Events

AIFCA Survey - Celebrating 10 Years - Findings Report Published 

14th July 2021

The Association of IFCAs has published a report on the findings of a survey of the members of the IFCAs. The purpose of the survey was to engage with IFCAs and recieve feedback from the IFCA membership on their experience as an IFCA member and to seek IFCA members views on the role of and potential improvements to the Association of IFCAs.

The survey was in three parts, the first part concerning the experience of IFCA membership, the second;  the role of the AIFCA and the third part regarding future engagement with the IFCA members.

The report will be used to inform the future strategy of the AIFCA and form the basis of recommendations to the Members Forum of the AIFCA.

The report is available HERE

Highly Protected Marine Areas

11th July 2021

The UK government has committed to identify and designate pilot Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMAs) in English waters by the end of 2022. Defra, JNCC, Natural England, Cefas, the Marine Management Organisation and the Association of Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities will work together, with stakeholders, to identify potential pilot sites.

Find out more about the HPMA designation process and how to be involved HERE

Future of Fisheries Digital Event Tuesday 9th December 2021

The Association of IFCAs is speaking at Westminster Insight’s inaugural Future of Fisheries Digital Event taking place on Tuesday 9th December 2021. 

Westminster Insight delivers open forums on public policy and private sector issues, in which delegates hear from experts, senior figures, and inspiring practitioners in their given sectors.  They are designed as useful learning and networking experiences, in which delegates can hear about, for example: policy initiatives, best practice, pilot schemes, trailblazers, and useful case studies.

To view highlights from last year’s online event please visit: Westminster Insight - Digital Broadcast from Westminster Insight on Vimeo

Robert Clark the Chief Officer is speaking on Securing a Profitable and Sustainable Future for the UK’s fishing Industry

  • Assessing the key economic, social and environmental benefits and cost of adopting a sustainable fisheries management system
  • Identifying actions to maintain healthy fish stocks, marine environment and support long-term sustainable growth
  • Applying a transdisciplinary approach to sustainable fisheries management
  • Improving the social and economic sustainability of coastal communities

Inviting speakers and key note presentations include Rt Hon George Eustice MP, Secretary of State (SoS), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), representatives from

Anne Freeman, Deputy Director of Domestic fisheries and Reform, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

Dr Bryce Stewart, Senior Lecturer, Department of Environment and Geography, University of York

Martin Salter, Chief Policy Advisor, the Angling Trust

Barrie Deas, Chief Executive, National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations (NFFO)

For further information and for booking and attendance information please visit; https://westminsterinsight.com/events/