Have your say on fishing and coast

FISHING: A fishing boat followed by sea birds making its way into Hartlepool harbour
FISHING: A fishing boat followed by sea birds making its way into Hartlepool harbour

PEOPLE have the chance to have a say on the marine management along the coast of Hartlepool.

There was more than £1.5m of fish landed in the town last year.

The North Eastern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA) is looking for a new member to help it manage sea fisheries resources from the River Tyne to Humberston in the Humber Estuary, including Hartlepool and East Durham.

There are 10 such authorities around the English coastline that have the power to make bylaws to protect resources and the environment in their area, as well as also enforcing national and European fisheries legislation.

They enable local authorities, local communities, local businesses and residents to play a part in the protection and enhancement of their inshore marine environment.

The IFCAs are made up of representatives from the constituent local authorities along with people from across the different sectors that use or are knowledgeable about the inshore marine area, such as commercial and recreational fishermen, environmental groups and marine researchers, who offer their time voluntarily.

There are currently 31 fishing vessels registered with Hartlepool as their home port, 26 of these measuring under 30ft in length.

In 2011 over 800 tonnes of fish worth more than £1.5m was landed in Hartlepool.

The most valuable species of seafood landed in Hartlepool in 2012 are scallops worth over £415,000, followed by prawns worth £295,000 and lobster worth £116,000.

Liz Humphreys, director of operations and compliance for the Marine Management Organisation which is carrying out the search said: “This is an excellent opportunity for experienced people in the inshore marine area to use their skills to influence decisions on how their local area is managed.”

The deadline for applications is January 2 next year.

The roles are on a voluntary basis although relevant expenses may be reimbursed.

More information on the vacancies and how to apply for them can be found at www.marinemanagement.org.uk/recruitment/ifcas.htm, by emailing ifcarecruitment@marinemanagement.org.uk or cobtacting 0300 1231032.

There is also more information about the North Eastern IFCA is available on their website www.ne-ifca.gov.uk/