One of the main functions of the Isles of Scilly IFCA is enforcement of local byelaws, relevant European Union regulations and national offences.

In order to carry out its duties and responsibilities under the Marine and Coastal Access Act, the Isles of Scilly IFCA has the use of its RIB “Matt Lethbridge.”


The jurisdiction extends to the boundary of the district, 6 nautical miles from the baselines around the islands.

The Isles of Scilly IFCA also has a cross-warranting agreement with Cornwall IFCA giving their officers full enforcement powers in island waters. The Cornwall IFCA vessel “Saint Piran” (seen below) regularly visits the islands undertaking joint enforcement and training.

Joint enforcement with the 
Marine Management Organisation is also carried out several times a year through their office in Penzance.


A Financial Administrative Penalties system has been introduced across all the English IFCAs. It gives offenders the opportunity to pay a fixed penalty rather than (in certain circumstances) face a criminal prosecution. The FAP system may be seen here - Financial Adminstrative Penalties



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