Future of Inshore Fisheries: Did FOIF die?

The NFFO takes stock of what happened to the Future of Inshore Fisheries Initiative. Amid Covid and the general post-TCA gloom, many are wondering what happened to the Future of Inshore Fisheries initiative. The vivid flash of inspiration and optimism when fishers and managers got together, in October 2019, for the wildly successful FOIF conference seems like an eternity ago. Since then, we have been through the mill and there has been a disturbing silence about the follow up to the conference. The UK’s failure to secure an exclusive 12-mile limit seems like a nail in the coffin lid for the project.

Inshore Conference Points the Way

An industry-led initiative to focus attention on the future management of our inshore fisheries has been judged a major success. Fishermen from various parts of the coast, industry representatives, senior government officials and the IFCAs, used the two-day conference in London to discuss the challenges and opportunities faced in managing the inshore sector. Experts were brought in from Canada, US, Norway and New Zealand to offer insights from the experience from inshore fisheries there. Work will now begin on converting the conference conclusions into a blueprint for the sector, although it is highly unlikely that there will be a one-size -fits-all approach.

The Future of Our Inshore Fisheries

The Future of Our Inshore Fisheries Conference will be held in London on 8th/9th October. Your views are important.

The Future of Inshore Fishing

The political profile of the fishing industry stands at its highest point since the Cod Wars in the 1970s. This heightened political and public profile provides an opportunity to put our inshore fisheries on the pathway to a sustainable and profitable future. Too often the issues confronting our inshore fisheries have been mired in disinformation and placed in the “too difficult” box.

Fishing Industry Access to IFCAs Called into Question

IFCAs, the bodies responsible for managing inshore fisheries in England, are at risk of becoming hamstrung by a lack of fishing industry representatives on their committees. That was the conclusion reached at the recent meeting of the NFFO West Coast Committee meeting held in Carnforth on 28th April. According to the committee, the appointments process needs an overhaul in order to be more conducive to fostering positive industry engagement in the management of local fisheries.