Commercial fishing and fisheries – news story

Influence management of England's inshore fisheries

Opportunity for someone with commercial fisheries expertise to influence the management of inshore fisheries in the south of England.

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

Southern IFCA is looking to recruit someone with expertise in commercial fisheries.

Each IFCA needs members who will take a balanced approach to caring for the seas, assessing the priority and importance of all users and stakeholders. This vacancy is an opportunity for someone who wants to improve the quality of the inshore seas of the south England.

David Abbott, Head of Marine Compliance for the Marine Management Organisation, 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 was 18 May 2014.

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 IFC 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 the 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 environment.