The North Western Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (the North Western IFCA) was established under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 and the North Western Eastern Fisheries and Conservation Order 2010.
NWIFCA is one of 10 IFCAs managing and regulating fishing in English coastal waters. The statutory duties of the IFCA are set out in the Act and the vision defined by Defra when IFCAs were established is as follows:
“North Western Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority will lead, champion and manage a sustainable marine environment and inshore fisheries in its District by successfully securing the right balance between social, environmental and economic benefits to ensure healthy seas, sustainable fisheries and a viable industry.”
The North Western IFCA district not only covers a vast area of coastline and inshore waters, but also incorporates both large urban conurbations and isolated coastal communities. In order to carry out its duties effectively in such a diverse area, the IFCA works closely with a range of partner bodies including Solway Firth Partnership.