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About the West Coast RIFG

Fisheries Management Plan

The West Coast Regional Inshore Fisheries Group (WCRIFG) has produced a Fisheries Management Plan. The plan is a flexible rolling document, defining the current aims and objectives of the WCRIFG.

Its overarching objectives remain consistent with those included in the management plans produced in 2012 by the then-pilot IFGs. The current plan also takes cognisance of more recent developments such as the Scottish Inshore Fisheries Strategy, Marine Planning developments, and the issues or aims identified by WCRIFG members.

The Fisheries Management Plan is a working document that guides the activities of WCRIFG and the first annual review took place in May 2018.


The Chair of the WCRIFG is Alastair McNeill. He can be contacted on 07799 572501 or alastair.mcruaraidh.mcneill@gmail.com.


The WCRIFG was established in April 2016 as an amalgamation of the former South West and North West Inshore Fisheries Groups.  The WCRIFG covers inshore waters for up to six nautical miles offshore from Cape Wrath in the north to the national border with England in the Solway Firth.

The WCRIFG has a Management Committee which meets at least twice per year though it may convene more frequently if required. The Management Committee is supported by four geographic subcommittees namely, Clyde, Mull & Argyll, Solway and, West Highlands & Skye. Subcommittees may meet as often as four times per year and include locally based members. Subcommittees support the WCRIFG by developing aims and objectives as well as undertaking other activities such as projects pertaining to their respective areas.

The geographic subcommittees were selected in recognition of differences in inshore fishing cultures within each area but also to coincide with current and future marine planning partnership areas. These areas are also largely consistent with current Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGS) which are responsible for recommending applications for funding under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).

The Management Committee or Subcommittees may establish working groups to deal with specific issues that require greater input than can be resolved during committee meetings. Working groups will generally be short lived task and finish in nature and the membership will normally be agreed by the Chair in consultation, where appropriate, with committee members. The findings of working groups as well as the outcomes of Subcommittee meetings are ultimately reported to the WCRIFG Committee to ensure scrutiny, transparency and consistency in decision making.