Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Officer

North Western Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority

Whitehaven, Cumbria
£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 Officer (Based in Whitehaven): to work as part of NWIFCA enforcement team both on shore and at sea under the Head of Enforcement.

Job Purpose

  • Maintain and enhance the sustainability of inshore fisheries and implement NWIFCA conservation duties throughout the NWIFCA District as required
  • Increase compliance with fisheries regulations by planning and executing regular patrols and undertaking enforcement operations
  • Enforce the IFCA byelaws, EC and National fisheries legislation through the inspection of landings and vessels in harbours and ports and inter tidal areas
  • Protect the marine environment from harm or damage and report relevant incidents
  • Undertake surveys of the inshore and offshore marine environment
  • Assist with a variety of fisheries and marine environmental projects
  • Carry out other duties as required by the NWIFCA to deliver its statutory duties
  • Undertake training as required for the post

Main Tasks

  • Record fishing activity by location, numbers of fishers, vessels and types of fishing activity and collect fisheries intelligence
  • Inspect and record fishing catches and gear
  • Take consistent risk based enforcement action to prevent illegal fishing activity
  • Collect evidence when offences are detected and submit to the Head of Enforcement
  • Prepare written witness statements, and appear in court as a witness when required
  • Prepare quarterly reports for the NWIFCA and other reports as required
  • Protect the marine environment, collect data and report relevant incidents
  • Assist with environmental survey and monitoring
  • Build good relationships with NWIFCA coastal community
  • Meet and get to know stakeholders including fishers and anyone interested in the sea
  • Provide advice on proposed changes to byelaws, fisheries and conservation objectives
  • Supply information to ensure fishers and the public are aware of the regulations
  • Develop and maintain contacts other agencies and groups on NWIFCA policies
  • Represent NWIFCA at meetings and giving presentations when required
  • Assist with fisheries and conservation policy formulation.
  • Ensure that any vehicles, vessels, equipment are correctly maintained
  • Work with the Authority’s stakeholders to deliver the IFCA objectives


Essential training will be provided in post where necessary including:

  • IFCA Officers Training Course – Torquay
  • Sea Survival (PST), First Aid, Safety Awareness, Fire Fighting, ATV courses
  • RYA SRC (VHF) Certification
  • ML5 Certificate

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