To achieve compliance with fisheries regulations that underpin the sustainable fisheries and conservation features in Sussex District, Sussex IFCA encourages fishers to voluntarily comply with fisheries laws, and ensures that there is an effective deterrent against non-compliance. The IFCA raises awareness and understanding of regulations and the overarching sustainability and conservation goals that they aim to achieve.
Getting more stakeholders involved in the development of fisheries management allows greater understanding and compliance with the rules. It also ensures that those rules are appropriate to the fisheries. Through our local management and funding structures, the Sussex IFCA helps to get local authorities, communities, businesses, and individual citizens involved in the protection and enhancement of their inshore fisheries and marine environment.
A risk-based approach is applied to enforcement activity: targeting specific fisheries activities at particular times of the year, with effective monitoring and surveillance through land and sea-based patrols. Sussex IFCA works in partnership with other organisations which includes the Marine Management Organisation, Environment Agency, Police, Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority, Environmental Health Organisation and Food Standards Agency.