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.

Read More

i

Fisheries Management Plans

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

Read More

News & Views

News about AIFCA and relevant other organisations.

Read More

English Cockle FMP

Working together to provide a National Fisheries Management Plan.

Read More

i

Fisheries Management Plans

More detailed information.

Read More

Events

Understand more, meet and interact with AIFCA and others.

Read More

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

Beware Japanese Oyster Drill

Beware Japanese Oyster Drill

Following an egg case sighting in East Sussex in January 2024 no further evidence of the species was found but Cefas is asking the industry to remain vigilant for this species already established in northern Europe (France, Portugal, The Netherlands, and Denmark). It...

read more
Eastern Mussel Re-laying Fishery Consultation

Eastern Mussel Re-laying Fishery Consultation

The annual mussel stock survey has identified that there is sufficient stock to open a mussel re-laying fishery in The Wash and is giving consideration to permitting seed to be re-laid outside of the Wash and North Norfolk Coast SAC. This is your opportunity to put...

read more
Kent & Essex – Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Officer

Kent & Essex – Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Officer

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,...

read more
Kent & Essex IFCA – Cockle Officer

Kent & Essex IFCA – Cockle Officer

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...

read more
It is 20 years since the Morecambe Bay Tragedy

It is 20 years since the Morecambe Bay Tragedy

Since formation in 2010, North Western IFCA has worked hard and in cooperation with other authorities to put a number of measures in place to prevent any more lives being lost and help improve working practices for fishers. More information here.

read more
Could you be a IFCA General Member?

Could you be a IFCA General Member?

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...

read more

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