Fisheries recruitment drive

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Applications are being sought from the Cornish fishing community to join the Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities (IFCSAs), which are due to replace the existing Sea Fisheries Committees in April.

Following the passage of the Marine and Coastal Access Act, ten IFCAs are being established along the coast. They will have a wider remit to promote healthy seas, champion sustainable fisheries, and boost viable industry by managing inshore fisheries resources out to six nautical miles.

Through the IFCAs, everyone who uses or impacts on the marine ecosystem will be given a say in how it’s managed, but commercial fishing operations are still an important part.

People from a wide range of interests with local knowledge – whether it’s trawling, potting, netting or lining – are needed to join the IFCAs for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 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 www.ifcamembers.co.uk or phone 01256 383669. The deadline for applications is April 12.