The District

The Southern IFCA is one of the 10 IFCAs which manage the marine inshore environment around the coast of England.

The Southern IFCA District stretches from the Devon/Dorset border in the West to the Hampshire/Sussex border in the East and covers the combined areas of the relevant councils as well as the entire Dorset, Hampshire and Isle of Wight coastline out to 6 nautical miles from baselines. The Southern IFCA borders the Sussex IFCA to the east and the Devon and Severn IFCA to the west.

There are 361 active commercially licenced vessels in the District (December 2020) and an estimate of over 150 recreational craft operating as angling/diving charter vessels. In addition there are countless private recreational angling craft operating throughout the area, whilst the beaches, marinas and piers along the coastline are nationally important for sea angling. The commercial and recreational fishery is vital to the coastal communities within the District.

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