Assisting and Promoting the Regional IFCAs

Supporting The Regions

Ensuring that the authorities develop a leading and effective national role in fisheries and conservation management in line with the IFCA vision.

Assisting and Promoting the Regional IFCAs

Supporting The Regions

Ensuring that the authorities develop a leading and effective national role in fisheries and conservation management in line with the IFCA vision.

Marine Protected Areas

Delivering on UK Government’s commitment to protect the marine environment and its ecosystems.

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Fisheries Management Plans

A summary of how we are committed to managing our fisheries sustainably.

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News & Views

News about AIFCA and relevant other organisations.

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English Cockle FMP

Working together to provide a National Fisheries Management Plan.

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Fisheries Management Plans

More detailed information.

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Events

Understand more, meet and interact with AIFCA and others.

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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.

IFCAs and Aquaculture

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.

Permits

For fishing and other permits, please refer to individual IFCAs from the links listed here.

Vacancies

There are exciting opportunities to participate in the management of inshore fisheries and marine conservation.

Latest News

Young Fishermen Network

Young Fishermen Network

A Young Fishermen Network has been launched in Cornwall with the objectives to connect similar like-minded fishermen, highlight the value of fishing as a career and organise fishing based social events online or in person. The link to the network is here.

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Australian Study of attitudes to MPAs

Australian Study of attitudes to MPAs

MPAs are central to marine management in Australia and public support is considered crucial to their success. Yet they are not well understood. This is the first study to investigate general attitudes to Australia’s total MPA system and gives an overview of Australian...

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Northumberland IFCA Summer Placement 2024

Northumberland IFCA Summer Placement 2024

Northumberland IFCA (NIFCA) is offering an exciting opportunity for a paid placement during summer 2024. The successful applicant will work on the delivery of individual projects directly informing inshore fisheries management as part of NIFCA’s ongoing duties. The...

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EVENT: Aquaculture innovation and supply chain resilience

EVENT: Aquaculture innovation and supply chain resilience

This meeting on May 8 will look at building resilience to address water quality, climate change and welfare issues. The afternoon session will focus on the UK aquaculture market and consumer demand, and the development of innovative new production methods. This is the...

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Annual AIFCA Delivery Plan out now

Annual AIFCA Delivery Plan out now

it is vital for the AIFCA to have a succinct and clear vision for how it will support IFCAs, as we face a changing landscape through Brexit, the Fisheries and Environment Acts, and the climate emergency. Because of this rapidly changing environment, this is the...

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North East – Environmental and Scientific Officer/IFCO

North East – Environmental and Scientific Officer/IFCO

This is a permanent position as Environmental and Scientific Officer/IFCO, a role which is both exciting and a rare opportunity to join the North East IFCA's Environmental and Scientific Team. The work is extremely varied from ‘day to day’ and you will be involved in...

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The Ten Regional IFCAs

Cornwall

Devon & Severn

Eastern

Isles of Scilly

Kent & Essex

North Eastern

North Western

Northumberland

Southern

Sussex

Southern

Click above to go to any of the Regional websites

IFCA Vision

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”

Success Criteria

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