Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority

Welcome to the Isles of Scilly IFCA

The Isles of Scilly Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA) was established by the Secretary of State in exercise of powers conferred in the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 and came into existence on 1st April 2011.

The Isles of Scilly IFCA is the smallest of ten such authorities in England and is comprised of eight members. The administrative and financial functions are undertaken by the Council of the Isles of Scilly.

The Isles of Scilly IFCA has the principal management responsibility for sea fisheries. The aim is to manage fisheries in a sustainable way balancing the social, environmental and economic benefits of exploiting the sea.

In performing its duties the Isles of Scilly IFCA will:

  • Seek to ensure that the exploitation of sea fisheries resources is carried out in a sustainable way;
  • Seek to balance the social, economic benefits in exploiting the sea fisheries resources of the Isles of Scilly with the need to protect the marine environment from, or promote its recovery from, the effects of such exploitation;
  • Take any steps that in the Authority’s opinion are necessary or expedient for the purpose of making a contribution to the achievement of sustainable development; and
  • Seek to balance the different needs of persons engaged in the exploitation of sea fisheries resources in the Isles of Scilly.


The national vision statement developed by the ten IFCAs is:

Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities will lead, champion and manage a sustainable marine environment and inshore fisheries, by successfully securing the balance between social, environmental and economic benefits to ensure healthy seas, sustainable fisheries and a viable industry.

To find out more about the Isles of Scilly IFCA you can visit our dedicated website here.

Each year the annual return of the Isles of Scilly Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority is audited by an external auditor appointed by the Audit Commission. Any person interested has the opportunity to inspect and make copies of the Annual Return and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers and receipts etc. relating to them.

For the year ended 31st March 2015 these documents will be available on reasonable notice on application to: Laura Roberts, Council of the Isles of Scilly, Town Hall, St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly, TR21  0LW (tel:  01720  424000|  email: enquiries@scilly.gov.uk from 6th July 2015 to 31st July 2015 between 9.30am and 3.30pm Monday to Friday. Please click here for more information.