The IFCA Vision
"Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities will lead, champion and manage a sustainable marine environment and inshore fisheries, by successfully securing the right balance between social, environmental and economic benefits to ensure healthy seas, sustainable fisheries and a viable industry."
The 7 Success Criteria for IFCAs
Success Criterion 1: IFCAs have sound governance and staff are motivated and respected.
Staff feel proud to work for their IFCA and have the training and skills to deliver their Authority"s objectives in a professional, fair and consistent manner. They are supported by excellent leaders and managers, working alongside engaged and effective committees. These committees are representative of the communities they serve and wider stakeholder interests; they have the backing of constituent local authorities and provide the strategic direction to ensure the long-term sustainability of the marine environment in and around their districts.
Success Criterion 2: Evidence based, appropriate and timely byelaws are used to manage the sustainable exploitation of sea fisheries resources within the district.
The decisions to introduce, amend or repeal byelaws are evidence-based, timely, based on appropriate consultation and can be shown to have a positive impact in line with their intended effect to manage, protect and promote the recovery of sea fisheries resources from the effects of exploitation.
Success Criterion 3: A fair, effective and proportionate enforcement regime is in place.
A risk-based enforcement regime is in place, which is in line with the Regulators Compliance Code, legislative requirements, and which makes IFCAs an efficient and fair enforcer, managing the exploitation of sea fisheries resources, using a range of alternative enforcement methods and sanctions whose impact and effectiveness is regularly assessed and
Success Criterion 4: IFCAs work in partnership and are engaged with their stakeholders.
IFCAs will work across boundaries, engaging effectively with local and central government, other government bodies, other delivery bodies, industry and other NGOs, recreational users and individuals in the work that they do. Through this partnership approach to working ifcas will deliver the socio-economic and environmental outcomes they were created under the Marine and Coastal Access Act to deliver.
Success Criterion 5: IFCAs make the best use of evidence to deliver their objectives.
IFCAs, by acquiring and sharing their own internal data and by seeking and sharing those generated and recorded by others (including the MMO, Environment Agency, Natural England and Cefas), will have access to the necessary scientific, statistical and socio-economic information relating to inshore fishing and the marine environment to enable effective delivery of their duties.
Success Criterion 6: IFCAs support and promote the sustainable management of the marine environment.
IFCAs will deliver responsive and flexible management of sea fisheries resources to meet local needs, in line with the legislative and other frameworks set by Central Government and others, such as the High Level Marine Objectives, Marine Policy Statement and Marine Plans. In doing this, IFCAs will be able to show that they are having a positive impact, leading to more sustainably exploited sea fisheries resources in their districts.
Success Criterion 7: IFCAs are recognised and heard.
Each IFCA, and IFC authorities as a group, have a vision and plan for future management of inshore fisheries and conservation. This will help them to be a recognised "brand", managing their public voice so that they are respected and trusted for the expertise they offer.
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