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Opportunity to influence management of England’s inshore fisheries

Exciting opportunity to manage inshore fisheries and conservation in North Western, North Eastern and Northumberland regions.

Seaton Sluice inner harbour

The MMO is looking to recruit members for the North Western, North Eastern and Northumberland Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities (IFCA).

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 areas of northern 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 is 28 August 2015.

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 or telephone 0300 123 1032 for more information.


There are 10 IFCAs around the English coastline and they are responsible for sustainably managing sea fisheries and conservation 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 and conserving their local marine environment. 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.

Published 12 August 2015