IFCA Announcement
Jul 17,2009 00:00 by SACN
Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities

Minister announces the district boundaries for new Inshore Fishing and Conservation Authorities (IFC authorities)

The Marine and Coastal Access Bill, which is expected to receive Royal Assent in Autumn 2009, will reform inshore fisheries management in England by replacing Sea Fisheries Committees (SFCs) with newly created IFC authorities.

IFC authorities will be established in April 2011.

Huw Irranca-Davies, Minister for Marine and Natural Environment announced on 08/07/2009 that Defra will establish 10 Inshore Fisheries and Conservation (IFC) districts. This decision was made following full public consultation on options to establish new districts through the Marine and Coastal Access Bill.

The preferred option for 10 IFC districts builds on the current SFC model that values local input to decision-making, provides an expert body to find practical solutions to complex inshore fisheries issues and delivers national policy at a local level.

It also ensures fair representation of local authorities on their relevant committees, as well as representation from local commercial, recreational and environmental interests.

IFC district boundaries will extend inland, aligning themselves with local authority boundaries.

The detail of seaward and landward boundaries and the constitutional make-up of IFCA committees will be set out in draft Orders establishing IFC districts.

We plan to consult on these in January/February 2010 and would welcome stakeholder views.

The consultation response, along with further information on IFC authorities, can be found at http://www.defra.gov.uk/marine/fisheries/fishman/ifca.htm