About the North & East Coast RIFG
Fisheries Management Plan
The North & East Coast Regional Inshore Fisheries Group (N&EC RIFG) has produced a Fisheries Management Plan. The plan is a flexible rolling document, defining the current aims and objectives of the RIFG.
The Chair of the N&EC RIFG is Iain Maddox. To discuss your local inshore fishing issues, participate in the representation process or for any other relevant inshore fishing matter, Iain Maddox can be contacted on 07557 390115 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The N&EC RIFG was established in April 2016 and succeeds the Moray Firth & North Coast IFG and East Coast IFG, that were in place from 2013-16.
The N&EC RIFG covers inshore waters for up to six nautical miles offshore in the area between Durness on the north coast and all the east coast down to Burnmouth by the border with England.
N&EC RIFG has a Management Committee consisting of representatives drawn from various fishermen’s associations which includes both the mobile and static sector.
The Management Committee is responsible for developing and implementing a Fisheries Management Plan for the region as well as being a forum for discussing inshore fishing issues and making recommendations to Marine Scotland. Minutes of previous meetings are published on this website.
The N&EC RIFG Fisheries Management Plan will be based on the vision of the Scottish Inshore Fisheries Strategy, which is to deliver a more sustainable, profitable and well managed inshore fisheries sector. The key outcomes of this strategy are:
- To address the barriers to good governance by updating the 1967 and 1984 Fisheries Acts by introducing new legislation by 2020.
- To improve the evidence base upon which fisheries management decisions are made.
- To utilise the RIFGs in decision making and involve local fishermen in the sustainable management and conservation of their fishery.
- To comply with national and international obligations to prosecute fishing at Maximum Sustainable Yields (MSY), protect the marine environment and vulnerable coastal communities.
- To be able to make balanced management decisions that take in to account the various interests in the marine environment.
- To maximise funding for various initiatives from the European Maritime & Fisheries Fund (EMFF).