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Inshore Fisheries Management & Conservation group (IFMAC)

The Inshore Fisheries Management and Conservation group (IFMAC) allows national inshore fisheries issues to be addressed by representatives of fishermen operating in Scotland's inshore waters. IFMAC complements the RIFG network as it focuses on national - as opposed to local - inshore issues, and covers matters relating inshore sea areas outwith the remit of the RIFGs (e.g. the 6-12 nautical mile zone).


The FMAC stakeholder group was not entirely suitable for inshore fisheries management, as it focused on major issues relating primarily to offshore fisheries. Because of this, the group had insufficient representation of inshore fishermen, particularly static gear operators. This was seen as a significant weakness from an inshore point of view, as the creel sector makes up at least 75% of the fleet operating in inshore waters. The FMAC model was therefore revised to create a separate inshore group.

Meeting Papers

Remit & Mode of Operation

Downloadable document:

Title:IFMAC: Inshore Fisheries Management and Conservation Group
Description:IFMAC: Inshore Fisheries Management and Conservation Group
File:IFMAC Remit 2016 [PDF, 53.1 kb: 31 Aug 2016]
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