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Be part of managing England's inshore fisheries in North West England

Three vacancies are open to those with fishing and/or marine environment experience who can help manage inshore fisheries in North West England.

People interested in influencing how inshore fisheries around North West England are managed are being encouraged to apply to join the region’s inshore fisheries and conservation authority (IFCA).

The North Western IFCA is looking to fill 3 vacancies and need those with expertise in commercial fisheries, recreational fishing and/or the marine environment.

IFCAs aim to take a balanced approach to the sustainsable use of our seas, assessing the priority and importance of all users and stakeholders. These vacancies are an opportunity for anyone who wants to improve the quality of the inshore seas of the North West of England.

David Abbott, Head of Marine Compliance for Marine Management Organisation (MMO), which is carrying out the recruitment, said:

“This is an excellent opportunity for experienced people in the inshore marine area to use their skills to influence decisions on how their local area is managed.”

The deadline for applications is 9 September 2014.

The role is on a voluntary basis although relevant expenses may be reimbursed. More information on the vacancy and how to apply for it.

You can also email ifcarecruitment@marinemanagement.org.uk or telephone 0300 123 1032 for more information.

Background

There are 10 IFCAs around the English coastline and they are responsible for sustainably managing sea fisheries within 6 nautical miles from shore. They have the power to make byelaws to protect resources and the environment in their area as well as also enforcing national and European fisheries legislation.

IFCAs are either committees or joint committees of the local authorities that fall within an IFCA district. They are tasked with sustainably managing inshore sea fisheries resources in their local area. They are made up of representatives from local councils along with people from across the different sectors that use or are knowledgeable about the inshore marine area, such as commercial and recreational fishermen, environmental groups and marine researchers, who offer their time voluntarily.

The Marine Management Organisation, Environment Agency and Natural England also each has a statutory seat on each IFCA. Through their local management and funding structures, IFCAs help put local councils, communities and businesses and individual citizens in the driving seat, allowing them to play a bigger part in the protection and enhancement of their inshore marine area.