Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Advisor

North Western Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority

Carnforth, Lancashire
£21,166 - £28,785 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: marine conservation, conservation & wildlife, sustainability

Closing date: Tuesday, 3rd March 2020   6 days left

NWIFCA is lead regulator protecting the inshore marine environment and fisheries in NW England. NWIFCA District extends from the Welsh border in the south to the Scottish border in the north and seawards out to 6 miles

Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Advisor (Based in Carnforth): working in a team of 4 under the direction of the Senior Scientist with travel throughout the District.

Job Purpose

  • To promote sustainable use of marine resources
  • To contribute to presentation of advice to the Authority
  • Impact assessment of fishing activity
  • Stock assessment and species survey, GIS mapping, data analysis
  • Reporting to the Authority and to Government
  • Development of survey capacity of NWIFCA patrol vessel, based in Whitehaven
  • Priorities include shellfish stock assessment and whelk fisheries management

Main Tasks

Monitoring and Survey Work and Reporting

  • Assessing the impact of fisheries activities on Marine Protected Areas
  • Preparation and presentation of reports to advise the Authority on management
  • Intertidal and sea survey, data collection, analysis and advice to the Authority
  • Shellfish and sea fish stock assessments and development of management advice
  • Using GIS to create data tables, graphs and maps/charts to inform advice
  • Keeping up to date with policy and new developments in fisheries management
  • Undertaking required training to carry out field work duties
  • Using ATV and vessels in all weathers and at all hours usually dependant on tides
  • Undertaking enforcement training if required to support NWIFCA enforcement team

Policy Advice, Consultations and Liaison

  • Providing advice on fisheries and conservation policy and management
  • Maintaining a wide knowledge of UK environmental and fisheries legislation and European Marine Sites, MCZ, SSSIs, and Ramsar site
  • Liaison and joint working with partner agencies such as MMO, Environment Agency, Natural England, local councils, GLAA, CEFAS, NGOs and many others.
  • Liaison with the fishing industry, fisheries and conservation stakeholders, and representing the Authority at meetings
  • Co-ordinating NWIFCA response to consultations on marine developments
  • Providing a response to enquiries from the fishing industry and the public

Training (provided in post where necessary)

  • Sea Survival & First Aid
  • RYA SRC (VHF) Certification
  • ATV Course, Towing Course, Manual Handling
  • Powerboat Level 2

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