Welcome to the Isles of Scilly Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority

The Isles of Scilly Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA) was established by the Secretary of State in exercise of powers conferred in the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 and came into existence on 1st April 2011.

The Isles of Scilly IFCA is the smallest of ten such authorities in England and is comprised of eight members . The administrative and financial functions are undertaken by the Council of the Isles of Scilly .

The Isles of Scilly IFCA has the principal management responsibility for sea fisheries. The aim is to manage fisheries in a sustainable way balancing the social, environmental and economic benefits of exploiting the sea.

In performing its duties the Isles of Scilly IFCA will:
  • Seek to ensure that the exploitation of sea fisheries resources is carried out in a sustainable way;
  • Seek to balance the social, economic benefits in exploiting the sea fisheries resources of the Isles of Scilly with the need to protect the marine environment from, or promote its recovery from, the effects of such exploitation;
  • Take any steps that in the Authority’s opinion are necessary or expedient for the purpose of making a contribution to the achievement of sustainable development; and
  • Seek to balance the different needs of persons engaged in the exploitation of sea fisheries resources in the Isles of Scilly.

The national vision statement developed by the ten IFCAs is:

Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities will lead, champion and manage a sustainable marine environment and inshore fisheries, by successfully securing the balance between social, environmental and economic benefits to ensure healthy seas, sustainable fisheries and a viable industry.

The original Isles of Scilly Sea Fisheries Committee was formed in December 1970 under the Sea Fisheries Regulation Act 1966 following a campaign by legendary local fisherman and lifeboat coxswain Matt Lethbridge BEM. The enforcement vessel  procured through a Transitional Funding grant from Defra was named ‘Matt Lethbridge’ in his honour.

As a regulating body, the Sea Fisheries Committee made byelaws  to be observed within the islands. The jurisdiction of these byelaws will continue under the IFCA regime although they are under review as indicated in the Annual Plan .



 
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