Who We Are and What We Do
There are 10 Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities in England. The 10 IFCAs are committees or joint committees of local government. The principal objective of the AIFCA is to carry on business of providing representation and support for the inshore fisheries and conservation authorities.
The Association of IFCAs is a private company limited by guarantee without share capital. The name of the Company is the Association of Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities Ltd. Company Number 07678190.
The Association is governed by a Board of Directors and a Members Forum. The Members Forum is composed on the Chairman and Chief Officer of the 10 IFCAs in England. The Members Forum appoint a chairman and vice chairman from the membership; the Chairman and Vice Chairman join the Chief Officers who act as the Directors of the AIFCA.
Associate Members of the IFCA are invited to be members of the AIFCA Members Forum. Association members include fisheries management Authorities from elsewhere in the UK and the Crown Dependencies.
Aquaculture, in all its forms, is a developing component of England’s seafood industry, contributing to provision of high value, healthy seafood. To ensure this industry can grow its contribution to the blue economy, a combination of innovation, integration and proportionate regulation is needed.
Could you protect the waters around the Kent & Essex coast – including marine habitats and fish stocks - by enforcing key legislation? Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Officer Salary: KR7/8 (£25,864 to £33,722 incl. 10% anti-social uplift) Location: Ramsgate,...
Are you passionate about marine conservation and sustainable fisheries? Do you have a keen eye for detail and a love for the coastal environment? This role offers a unique opportunity to make a positive impact on the coastal environment and the livelihoods of local...
The MMO has been given responsibility by Defra to manage the process of making appointments of General Members to IFCA Committees. The MMO operates a rolling campaign for the recruitment of IFCA General Members, which will be open to receiving applications for all...
Cornwall IFCA has summarised the responses to the Call for Evidence during 2023 for stakeholder opinions on a range of fishery input management options for the crustacean fisheries in its district. A questionnaire was sent to all Cornwall IFCA Lobster, Crawfish and...
Kent and Essex IFCA has developed a number of stickers and information sheets that can be used by both commercial and recreational fishermen to check they are landing sizeable fish. If you would like one of these free stickers or information sheets please contact...
Complying with the Authority’s regulations is important in supporting sustainable fishing. Southern IFCA has recently won a court case concerning undersize cockles. More information here.
The Ten Regional IFCAs
Devon & Severn
Isles of Scilly
Kent & Essex
Click above to go to any of the Regional websites
The national IFCA vision
“Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities will 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 a viable industry.”
The Association vision
“The aim of the A-IFCA is to assist and promote the regional IFCAs to ensure that the authorities develop a leading and effective national role in fisheries and conservation management in line with the IFCA vision”
High Level Objective & Sucess Criterion
Achieving a sustainable marine economy
IFCAs are recognised and heard, whilst working in partnership and engaging with stakeholders
Ensuring a strong, health and just society
IFCAs implement a fair, effective and proportionate enforcement regime
Living within environmental limits
IFCAs use an evidence based and appropriate measure to manage sustainable exploration of Sea Fisheries Resources
Promoting good governance
IFCA’s have appropriate governance in place and staff are trained and professional
Using sound science responsibility
IFCAs make the best use of evidence to deliver their objectives
It is only by leading, championing and managing a sustainable marine environment and inshore fisheries that we can be successful as an Association.