New Fisheries Body For the North West

On April 12011, the two Sea Fisheries Committees (SFC) in North West England (Cumbria and North Western), to become one new organisation  – the North West Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (NW-IFCA).

The NWIFCA is one of 10 new Authorities established under the Marine and Coastal Access Act (2009) and, besides taking on responsibility for fisheries management from the SFCs, it will also have duties to protect and enhance the marine environment. A large part of this will be care for the new Marine Conservation Zones, which are currently being selected.

IFCA officers will also have stronger powers for the enforcement of fisheries regulation and will have the authority to inspect premises and vehicles in the investigation of suspected fisheries offences.

For more information, visit the NWIFCA website

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