Following the passage of the Marine and Coastal Access Act, ten Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities (IFCAs) are being established round the English coast, one of which will include Sussex.
Members are now being recruited to join these committees. The IFCAs will replace the existing Sea Fisheries Committees from April 2011.
The intention is to promote a healthy marine environment. Sustainable fisheries will be encouraged to remain viable by ensuring inshore fisheries resources are managed out to six nautical miles.
People from a wide range of interests with local knowledge – including commercial fishing, sea angling, conservation, recreational and tourism, ports, marine research, marine heritage, and other industrial interests in the sea – are needed to join the IFCAs. Everyone who uses or impacts on the marine ecosystem will be given a say in how it’s managed through the IFCAs.
Members will need to give up one day per month and be able to give objective and honest advice to benefit the region. For more information and to apply visit the IFCA website or phone 01256 383669. The deadline for applications is 14 April 2010.