AIFCA News Release

Association of Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities

 News Release

 

Management of English Inshore Marine Protected Areas by the

Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities (IFCAs)

Since their inception in 2011, the IFCAs have led the development of effective management for inshore Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in England. To date IFCAs have introduced 23 new byelaws for the management of fishing activities in inshore MPAs, including the permanent closure of 3,980km2 of sea area to potentially damaging fishing activities.

 

As the IFCAs support the UK Government’s commitments to deliver a well-managed network of MPAs to help achieve the “Blue Belt” around the coast of Great Britain, they have delivered exceptional value for money by managing stakeholder led decisions to support local communities.

 

To recognise the success and achievements by IFCAs in delivering a well-managed network of inshore MPAs in England, the Association of IFCAs is launching a report entitled Management of Inshore Marine Protected Areas by the IFCAs - 2011 to 2018. This report, together with an interactive webpage, is available from 12th February 2019 on the Association of IFCAs website (www.association-ifca.org.uk). This work has been carried out in close collaboration with Defra and the Defra group.

 

Thérèse Coffey, Parliament Under Secretary of State for the Environment stated:

 

“We wish to continue implementing measures so that sea users can interact with the marine environment in a sustainable way whilst protecting important and diverse marine habitats and species. As the UK leaves the European Union there is opportunity to ensure measures continue to be implemented through fast, effective decision-making processes which protect the marine environment and allow sea users to work together.

 

The IFCA model provides bespoke local solutions that show wide success across the inshore region. The project itself is an outstanding example of the hard work, dedication and effort each IFCA has put into actively managing their district in protecting the marine ecosystem, delivering a valued service, all in collaboration and partnership with a wide variety of stakeholders. We support the continuation of the project and commend IFCA’s management of the UK’s blue belt, all of which underpins our vision to pass onto the next generation a natural environment protected and enhanced for the future.”

 

Tony Tomlinson, Chairman of the Association of IFCAs 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. By publishing this document and website, the IFCAs continue to demonstrate an open and transparent approach to marine conservation and fisheries management. The Association of IFCAs will continue to seek to raise awareness and support the IFCAs to carry out this important work.”

D&S IFCA have created a banner to demonstrate the number of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) that exist within the District and the number of management measures that have been introduced restricting activities in MPAs.

Notes;

 

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 IFCAs and Associate Members by an annual subscription.

 

For further information please contact Dr Stephen Bolt, Chief Executive of the Association on 07834 381721

 

Or visit our website at:

www.association-ifca.org.uk where there is a website contact form.