IFCAs: Report to Parliament about Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities' conduct and operation

Closed 1 Aug 2014

Opened 22 Apr 2014

Results updated 17 Mar 2015

The Secretary of State's report about the conduct and operation of Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities (IFCAs) 2010 - 2014 was laid before both Houses of Parliament on 17 March 2015.




This is a Call for Evidence.

Every four years, the Defra Secretary of State must prepare a report about the conduct and operation of Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities (IFCAs).  The report must be laid before Parliament. 

This first report will cover the period to the end of August 2014.

Why your views matter

This call for evidence is part of the research process for the first report to Parliament. 

It is an opportunity for you to provide evidence that will help us understand how each individual IFCA has worked to meet its duties and/or demonstrated the local leadership that might be expected of a statutory regulator. 

Defra officials will attend and talk about this call for evidence and the report-making process at scheduled quarterly meetings of each IFCA during April, May and June 2014.  The process will be publicised, further, in Fishing Focus magazine: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/fishing-focus.

This document invites you to contribute evidence to a series of open questions, structured around the IFCA success criteria published in Guidance to IFCAs on monitoring and evaluation, and measuring performance[1].  You do not have to answer all questions.  You can contribute to as many or as few as you choose.

The final question in this pack invites ‘anything else’ contributions which might not fit easily under the seven success criteria headings.


What happens next

Your contribution to the call for evidence will help us draft the report. 

We expect to complete the report so that Ministers may present it to Parliament in December 2014.


  • Environmental campaigners
  • Food Business Operators
  • Licensed Gangmasters
  • Food Industry
  • All Marine Users
  • Government Departments
  • Government Agencies
  • Devolved Administrations
  • Coastal Members of Parliament
  • Coastal local authorities
  • Recreation sector
  • Coastal Management sector
  • Aggregates sector
  • Ports and Harbour Authorities and Estuaries
  • Water/water Industry sector
  • IFCAs
  • Angling Organisations and Trade
  • Fishing Focus individual recipients
  • Environmental professional services
  • Local Authorities
  • Fishermen
  • SME businesses
  • Leisure industry
  • Tourism industry
  • Shellfish Cultivators


  • Natural environment
  • Local nature partnerships
  • Biodiversity
  • Sustainable development
  • Marine
  • Marine Conservation Zones
  • Marine licensing
  • Common Fisheries Policy
  • Fish stocks
  • Shellfish
  • Sea angling
  • Local environments
  • Conservation
  • Shellfish