This report describes how IFCAs in England have worked in the four years to 31 August 2014. It covers their establishment phase and describes resourcing, capability, technical and procedural matters.
The report has been laid before Parliament by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. It meets the requirements of s.183(1) of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009.
IFCAs manage the exploitation of sea fisheries resources in their district. They balance the social and economic benefits of exploiting resources with the need to protect the marine environment, or help it recover from past exploitation.