NIFCA is developing its policy in relation to the above, working particularly with other IFCAs, the MMO and Natural England to ensure the long-term protection of sensitive features in European Marine Sites. Further news on this will be made available as soon as possible on this website and at NIFCA meetings.
IFCAs now have the power to offer a Financial Administrative Penalty for fisheries offences as an alternative to taking matters to Court. There are seen to be advantages in this approach both for the Authority and the fisherman who has committed an offence. Further details of the FAP procedure can be found on this website at.