New opportunities to influence management of England’s inshore fisheries
People interested in influencing the management of inshore fisheries around the North East and North West coasts of England and the Isles of Scilly are being encouraged to apply to join the regions’ inshore fisheries and conservation authorities (IFCAs).
The IFCAs, of which there are 10 around the English coastline, are responsible for the sustainable management of sea fisheries within 12 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.
Three IFCAs are currently looking for individuals to undertake the following four roles:
- The North Western IFCA is looking to recruit an individual with expertise in the marine environment or on marine/maritime industries.
- The Isles of Scilly IFCA is looking to recruit an individual with expertise in commercial fisheries.
- The North Eastern IFCA is looking to recruit an individual with expertise in commercial fisheries or in recreational fishing, and an individual with experience of the commercial fisheries sector.
Liz Humphreys, Director of Operations and 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 has now passed.
IFCAs are either committees or joint committees of the local authorities that fall within an IFC district. They are tasked with the sustainable management of inshore sea fisheries resources in their local area. They are made up of representatives from the constituent local authorities 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 have a statutory seat on the IFCA. Through their local management and funding structures, IFCAs help put local authorities, local communities, local 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.
The roles are on a voluntary basis although relevant expenses may be reimbursed. More information on the vacancies and how to apply for them can be found at www.marinemanagement.org.uk/recruitment/ifcas.htm, by emailing email@example.com or phoning 0300 123 1032.