People interested in shaping the management of inshore fisheries and conservation of the Northumberland and North West coasts of England are being encouraged to apply to join the areas’ 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 6 nautical miles from shore. IFCAs have the power to make byelaws to protect resources and the environment in their area as well as enforcing national and European fisheries legislation.
Two new members with experience and interest in commercial or recreational fisheries are currently being sought for the North Western IFCA, and the Northumberland IFCA requires a new member with particular expertise in commercial fishing.
Liz Humphreys, Acting Director of Operations and Compliance for the Marine Management Organisation which is carrying out the recruitment said:
“This is an excellent opportunity for people who are interested and experienced in inshore fisheries, conservation and marine issues to use their skills to shape how these resources are managed in the future.”
The roles are on a voluntary basis although relevant expenses can be reimbursed. More information on the vacancies and how to apply for them can be found on the Marine Management Organisation website, by emailing [email protected] or phoning 0300 123 1032. The deadline for applications is 12 August 2011.
IFCAs were established and given powers under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 and replaced the Sea Fisheries Committees in April 2011. They are made up of representatives from the constituent local authorities along with people from across different sectors that use or are knowledgeable about the inshore marine area, such as commercial and recreational fishermen, environmental groups and marine researchers.