The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has several current and upcoming general member vacancies in the ten regional Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities (IFCA) across England.

MMO will be seeking to appoint to fill current vacancies and create a reserve list for upcoming vacancies. These voluntary roles require candidates who can take a balanced approach to caring for our seas, assessing the priorities and needs of all users and stakeholders. It is essential that candidates have some local knowledge of the IFCA area for which they are applying. The members of the IFCA contribute their knowledge and experience to provide sustainable management of their IFCA district.



The MMO are also accepting applications from both current and former IFCA general members who are nearing the end of their ten-year term as well as those members who have left having already served a ten-year term. Applications from these members will be considered alongside all other applicants in a fair an open competitive process and will be appointed on merit to ensure a fair balance of sector representation. (photo: Rachel Claire)

The role of an IFCA General Member

The general members of the IFCA contribute their knowledge and experience to provide sustainable management of the inshore marine area of their IFCA district. Appointees to IFCAs are legally required to consider all the local fishing and marine conservation interests in the waters of the IFCA district in a balanced way, taking full account of the needs of the IFCA district. Appointees are appointed on this basis, and it is essential that they should recognise that they are part of a committee and should not regard themselves as representing solely one area of particular interest within the IFCA district.

As a member of an IFCA committee you will work in a team with others, helping to ensure that:

  • the use of sea fisheries resources is carried out in a sustainable way and is balanced with the need to protect the marine environment or promote its recovery from, the effects of exploitation
  • the different needs of those engaged in the exploitation of sea fisheries and marine resources are balanced
  • the conservation objectives of marine conservation zones are achieved

Although these appointments are unpaid some IFCAs pay expenses and allowances.

How to apply?

To apply please complete and submit an application form no later than 13 February 2023.

Further details and application forms can be found here.

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