News Release – embargoed until 29th October 2015

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Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities (IFCAs) are transforming the face of inshore fisheries and conservation management.

Since their inception in 2011, the IFCAs have demonstrated a “can do” attitude and sought to deliver value for money by managing stakeholder led decisions to support local communities. At the same time the IFCAs are working towards the UK Governments commitments to deliver a well-managed network of Marine Protected Areas to help achieve the “Blue Belt” around the coast of Great Britain.

To celebrate the success of the first four years of the IFCAs, the Association of IFCAs is launching a report entitled “The Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities 2011-2015: Achievements and success in delivering fisheries and conservation management” which is available on the Association website or via the link below:

The Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities 2011-2015: Achievements and success in delivering fisheries and conservation managemen (pdf 6mb - opens in new window)

Councillor John Lamb, Chairman of the Association stated:

“It is both an exciting and challenging time for marine fisheries and conservation. The IFCAs are key to delivering an ambitious programme, seeking to achieve sustainable seas for the benefit of all. In the current climate of financial constraint the IFCAs have demonstrated value for money and a “can do” attitude. The IFCAs will continue to deliver through stakeholder engagement against a backdrop of the Governments “Blue Belt” initiative. The IFCAs balance the needs of EU Directives and the revision of the Common Fisheries Policies with local issues  and an increased public awareness of the importance of marine management and conservation. Nevertheless sustainable funding for the IFCAs remains a key component of our continued success. The Association will continue to seek to raise awareness and support the  IFCAs to carry out this important work.”


The Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities vision is to:

“Lead, champion and manage a sustainable marine environment and inshore fisheries, by successfully securing the right balance between social, environmental and economic benefits to ensure healthy seas, sustainable fisheries and a viable industry”.

The Association of Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities (The Association) acts in a representation, co-ordination and communication role for the IFCAs; The Association provides a national platform for communication between the IFCAs,  Delivery Partners and stakeholders as well as representing the IFCAs with UK Government Departments and key deliver partners such as Natural England, the Marine Management Organisation, the Environment Agency and CEFAS.

The Association is funded through membership from the ten IFCAs and Associate Members by an annual subscription.

More information

For further information please contact:

Dr Stephen Bolt,
Chief Executive of the Association
07834 381721 

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