Annual Plan 2011 - 2012

Introduction                                          1-2

Vision, Success Criteria and High Level Objectives    3

Local targets and priorities                          4-5

Work Plan Summary                                     6

Risk Management Strategy                              7

Resources and Budget                                  8 – 10

Structure of Organisation                             11

Staffing, Service Standards and Delivery Priorities   12-15

Governance and Financial Management Summary           16

Training and Development Plan and Members Training    17-19

Strategic Plan                                        20
                           Annual Plan 2011-2012

Northumberland Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (NIFCA) is one of 10
IFCAs established by Part VI of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009. The Act was
passed into law by Parliament with cross party support and has been implemented since
the election of the coalition government, with the operation of the shadow IFCA
commencing on 1 October 2010 principally to prepare this annual plan and set a budget
for 2011-12. At midnight on 31 March 2011 all Sea Fisheries Committees including
Northumberland Sea Fisheries Committee (“NSFC”) are abolished and replaced by
IFCAs on 1 April 2011.

The role of IFCAs is to manage the exploitation of sea fisheries resources in the
authority district, seeking to ensure that the exploitation of those resources is carried out
in a sustainable way. In addition the authority must seek to balance the social and
economic benefits of exploiting the sea fishery resources in the district with the need to
protect the marine environment and promote its recovery from the effects of such
exploitation. Also the authority must take any other steps which in its opinion are
necessary or are expedient for the purpose of making a contribution to the achievement
of sustainable development and seek to balance the different needs of persons engaged
in the exploitation of sea fisheries resources in the district. In performing its duty the
authority must have regard to any guidance given to it by the Secretary of State for
Environment Fisheries and Rural Affairs. In addition the specifics of some IFCA new
burdens are still to be outlined and when ascertained they will be addressed by NIFCA.

This annual plan covers the Vision for the IFCA, Success Criteria and High Level
Objectives, sets out the main focus and priorities of NIFCA for the year ahead, it
provides detail of how NIFCA will deliver its priorities, it gives an overview of the NIFCA
risk management strategy, sets out its resources and ways of working and confirms the
staffing of NIFCA including training and development strategy and NIFCAs performance

In delivering all of the above we will build upon the foundations of sea fisheries and
marine management established by the NSFC during its 120 year history and develop
the systems, knowledge base and human resources which will pass from NSFC to
NIFCA, so that NIFCA meets the new challenges in a larger district and from more
complex and wide ranging responsibilities than hitherto.

     From the IFCA Chair
     Robert Arckless

     The establishment of the new Northumberland IFCA as a result of the
     Marine and Coastal Access Act of 2009 presents all of us involved
     with new challenges and opportunities. I hope we can build on the
     good work of the outgoing Sea Fisheries Committees and make
     effective use of the wider remit entrusted to IFCAs by Parliament.

     We need to develop new relationships and strengthen existing ones.
     We also need to focus on priorities which are achievable and realistic.
     This is even more important given the current financial constraints
     facing all public sector bodies. This Annual Plan gives an indication
     of the priorities for our Northumberland IFCA.

     I am confident that we can make good progress in meeting our
     objectives. Our new Committee, staff team and partners will each
     have an important part to play in making the Plan a reality.

     Thank you to everyone who has helped to put this plan together and
     who will help us to achieve the objectives we have set ourselves.

Robert Arckless

Vision, Success Criteria and High
Level Objectives

The National IFCA Vision:-

“IFCAs will lead, champion and manage a sustainable marine environment and
in-shore fisheries, by successfully securing the right balance between social,
environmental and economic benefits to ensure healthy seas, sustainable
fisheries and a viable industry”.

To achieve the IFCA vision, seven success criteria have been established, each
with a series of performance indicators, as outlined below. The objectives of
IFCA officers are clearly linked back to these high-level objectives as is shown

IFCA vision                                                                ↓
      IFCA success criteria                                                ↓
            High-level IFCA objectives                                     ↓
                   IFCA working level objectives (annual plans)            ↓
                          Staff work objectives (annual appraisals)

The Success Criteria and High Level Objectives (“HLO”)

See Annex 1 for the 7 Success Criteria and High Level Objectives, Outcomes
and Performance Indicators for each criterion. It will be observed that many of
the objectives are for attainment after year 2011-12.

Local targets and priorities
Northumberland IFCA 2011-2012

1.    To ensure the successful implementation of the IFCA, delivering all of its
      duties and fulfilling the IFCA vision, success criteria and high-level objectives
      appertaining in 2011–2012 (refer to all Success Criteria where applicable in

2.    To maintain an effective management and enforcement regime in the district
      to ensure a sustainable fishery and environment on an ongoing basis (refer to
      Success Criterion 3).

3.    To commence a Strategic Environmental Assessment of the district and an
      initial Marine Stewardship Council assessment of the fishery (the latter
      through a national project if one is prepared for all IFCAs) (refer to Success
      Criteria 5 and 6).

4.    To carry out a further lobster v-notching programme (refer to Success
      Criterion 6).

5.    To carry out a further mussel survey at Holy Island (refer to Success
      Criterion 6).

6.    To work in accordance with Memorandum of Understanding with the Marine
      Management Organisation, Natural England, Environment Agency and Cefas,
      as well as commercial and hobby fishermen and other stakeholders to
      facilitate, compliance with the IFCA objectives and duties (refer to Success
      Criterion 4).

7.    To commence review and evaluation of all NSFC Byelaws. Any which are
      redundant will be removed and any new Byelaw provision made – the
      deadline to complete this programme is April 2015 but in Northumberland we
      will aim to complete by the end of 2013 (refer to Success Criterion 2).

8.    To commence review of all evidence and data systems for NIFCA to ensure
      best available evidence and data is securely held and used appropriately in
      NIFCA decision making (refer to Success Criterion 5).

9.    To commence development of a Promotional and Communication Plan and a
      Compliments, Comments and Complaints Data Collection System (refer to
      Success Criterion 7).

10.   To participate in the Net Gain Marine Protected Area Project for the North
      Sea in preparation for Marine Conservation Zones in the NIFCA district
      (Success Criteria 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6).

11.   To implement and adhere to the principles laid down in the Defra Guidance to
      IFCAs on:

      (a)    Establishment of a common enforcement framework (refer to Success
             Criterion 3);

       (b)    Evidence-based Marine Management (refer to Success Criterion 5);

       (c)    Monitoring and Evaluation and Measuring Performance (refer to
              Success Criterion 5);

       (d)    Contributing to the Achievement of Sustainable Development (refer to
              Success Criterion 6);

       (e)    Annual Planning and Report (refer to Success Criterion 1);

       (f)    Byelaw Making Powers under the Marine and Coastal Access Act
              (refer to Success Criterion 2).

       NIFCA will also publicise as required all the IFCA policies arising from that
       Guidance and will keep under regular review each Guidance document and
       actions required thereunder.

       See Annex II Local targets and priorities delivery plan.

Each of the targets/priorities will be reviewed at NIFCA quarterly meetings so that
planning for tackling of any gaps can be formulated and the implementation of
findings commenced. Measurement of attaining objectives set by these targets and
priorities should also take place at these meetings by reference to the relevant
Outcome and Performance Indicators in the NIFCA Success Criteria with re-setting
of any targets and priorities required together with planning for their future

Work Plan Summary 2011-2012
The work plan for the first operational year of NIFCA will be based around our local
targets and priorities (see pages 4 and 5) as well as objectives in the Success
Criterion which must be attained and will be guided where applicable in 2011–2012
by the Success Criteria, High Level Objectives, Outcomes and Performance
indicators in Annex 1 to this document.

Towards attainment of these goals, NIFCA will continue with the monthly officers’
rota and meeting with the Chief Executive which for the last six years of the SFC
have provided clear structure and planning for the work of the officers. That work of
enforcement, by means of patrols and surveillance in the district (at sea and on land)
and particularly including targeted activity where deemed to be necessary, as well as
intelligence activity, will be key to the role of each officer. All of their activities will be
kept under review both at, and between, rota meetings so that all current and
foreseeable eventualities are dealt with in a timely and efficient manner.

At the office, the Chief Executive and Administrative Officer will continue to work
closely together on maintaining efficient output of all of the work of the NIFCA to feed
into each of the success criteria and attainment of high level objectives.

The NIFCA Finance Officer will also follow the budget plan and financial targets
which have been laid down for the year ahead and liaise as necessary with the
Northumberland County Council Audit Team and report on at least a weekly basis to
the Chief Executive on NIFCA’s financial performance. Efficiencies will be sought
wherever possible throughout the organisation to maximise value for money in
delivery of targets and priorities.

Continuation of all necessary training of officers and staff will also be firmly
embedded in the work plan and reviewed on a quarterly basis.

Health and Safety is a key priority for NIFCA, as it was for Northumberland Sea
Fisheries Committee. All officers and staff will continue to adhere to the NIFCA
Health and Safety Policy with the Health and Safety Officer reporting on a quarterly
basis to meetings of the Authority and will also work closely with the NIFCA Engineer
in respect of NIFCA vessels and equipment.

The NIFCA will also continue to develop the strong existing external relationships
with other stakeholders including the Marine Management Organisation, Natural
England, Environment Agency and CEFAS, through National Memoranda of
Understanding (with Local Annexes with MMO, NE and EA) and also with the local
fishing fleet, Newcastle University and part-time/angling fishermen. During this first
year a stakeholder engagement and communication strategy will be developed to
maximise the benefits of relationships with stakeholders and the wider public.

In 2011/12 the process of reviewing and re-evaluating all legacy byelaws from
Northumberland SFC will be commenced by way of initial analysis between the Chief
Executive and the NIFCA officers, with a view to reporting to a Byelaw Review
Subcommittee which should be established. The national requirement is for this
programme to be completed by the end of 2014/2015 but at this stage the aim for
NIFCA will be to finalise the programme by the end of calendar year 2013.

Risk Management Strategy
NIFCA will manage risks to the delivery of its priorities by reference to the Risk
Assessment Matrix which was established by the Sea Fisheries Committee in
2006/07 and has been adapted and updated for NIFCA. This document will continue
to be reviewed and updated bi-annually at meetings between the Chief Executive,
Chief Fishery Officer (Operations), Administrative Officer, Health and Safety Officer
and Finance Officer. NIFCA will also be guided by the Defra Guidance to IFCAs on
the Establishment of a Common Enforcement Framework and during 2011/12 will
review and where necessary develop a Guidance Policy Statement and Sanction
Policy Statement which will be posted on the NIFCA website. Any threats and
weaknesses in the Annual Plan which are identified in existing approaches taken by
NIFCA will also be addressed.

Enforcement - this needs to be informed by an assessment of risk using a
quantitative and qualitative approach and the Defra Guidance on Establishment of a
Common Enforcement Framework will assist with applying risk-based enforcement
principles and methods to maximise the best use of NIFCA resources and deliver the
best possible protection of sea fisheries resources and the marine environment.
Towards that end NIFCA is also establishing its own Enforcement Framework based
around a uniform risk register which will provide guidance to officers in identifying,
analysing and managing enforceable risks and the harm that may arise from risks.
The register will be kept under review and updated where necessary.

NIFCA members will also be involved in consideration of risk by being encouraged to
communicate details of any perceived risks at all times, as well as being involved at
quarterly meetings and subcommittees where necessary in the planning approach
taken by NIFCA and all perceived risks will be communicated effectively throughout
NIFCA and to third-parties where appropriate.

See Annex III Risk Assessment Matrix.

NIFCA is tenant of office and warehouse facilities at Unit 60B South Nelson Industrial
Estate, Cramlington which is held on a 3 year renewable lease from DTZ. The rent is
£9,470 per annum including maintenance charge.

NIFCA also has secure storage facilities at Royal Quays for lobster pots and other
gear which has had to be seized as part of enforcement activity and also for
equipment used by officers in their duties.

Vessels and Vehicle
NIFCA has a 21m patrol vessel St Oswald which was purchased by NSFC in 2001
and which is berthed at Royal Quays at an annual charge of £4,121. St Oswald
includes a Rib, (Delta 1) and a shore based Rib (Bravo 1) which was purchased in
2009 and which is kept in the secure locked up area at Unit 60B, together with the
Authority landrover (purchased in 2009) and trailer.

NIFCA has a patrol vessel fund standing in the sum of £444,000 on 1 April 2011, to
which it has been budgeted to add £65,000 in 2011/12 from precepts towards the
purchase of a new vessel in the future when the need arises.

The NIFCA budget for 2011/12 is in the total sum of £773,284 which is precepted to
NIFCA by its constituent local authorities Northumberland County Council and North
Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council, in the respective proportions of 83.37% and
16.63%. Included in the precepts received from each council is funding for new IFCA
burdens which has been allocated by Defra to the two Councils in the respective
sums of £128,922.53 and £25,716.47.

NIFCA has prepared a budget forecast for financial year 2011/12 (summary
attached) which will be kept under review on an ongoing basis by the Chief Executive
meeting with the Authority Finance Officer at least once a week – action points thus
arising will be recorded by the Chief Executive and reported on at an agreed time by
the Finance Officer. The Finance Officer will also prepare quarterly accounts for
committee meetings of the Authority for particular consideration by the Authority
Finance Committee and approval by the main committee. In addition, the Finance
Officer will prepare annual accounts for the Authority and all other necessary work in
contemplation of the annual audit of the Authority.

Value For Money – NIFCA has also prepared a detailed quarterly budget plan
of expenditure containing a quarter by quarter forecast of all categories of
expenditure within the budget set by the Authority including Defra new burdens
funding. This will ensure tight budget control, including through quarterly reports to
committee meetings of the Authority.

                Northumberland IFCA
    Summary of agreed Budget for Expenditure

Staff costs including salaries, superannuation       501,100
and officers’ expenses

Patrol vessel expenses including repairs and          97,254
maintenance, insurance, fuel and equipment

Land Rover/RIB costs                                   4,200

60B Establishment including rent, rates,              68,230
stationery, utilities, insurance, project costs,
advertising and publicity, and general office

Legal                                                  6,600

Conferences/members’ travel/expenses                  18,000

Lobster v-notching                                    11,000

SUB TOTAL (EXCLUSIVE VAT)                            706,384

Contingencies                                         10,000

TOTAL (EXCLUSIVE VAT)                              716,384

Estimates (continued) 2011-12

Less Income                                   £
Bank interest                                -3,000
Fuel excise duty                             -5,600
Grants and donations                         -1,000
Court costs/other                          __-2,500

Net Expenditure                           704,284
PV Replacement/Capital Expenditure Fund      69,000

TOTAL                                     773,284

Northumberland CC (90%)                    644,687 83.37%
North Tyneside Council (10%)               128,597 16.63%


                Northumberland IFCA
                          Structure of Organisation

                     The Northumberland Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority
                                          See list of Members

                                 Chief Executive reporting to the Authority

Chief Inshore Fisheries &                                                        Office
Conservation       Officer                                                    Administration

Deputy     Chief    Inshore
Fisheries & Conservation
Officers (Environmental and                 Patrol Boat Skipper
Operations)                                   RIB Coxswain

   Inshore Fisheries &
  Conservation Officers

Staffing and Service Standards
NIFCA carries forward from Northumberland Sea Fisheries Committee a stable and
dedicated workforce with a high level of expertise and commitment in all aspects of
the work which will be undertaken by NIFCA. The workforce forms an excellent team
for delivery of all objectives on a daily, weekly and annual basis. The office and
officer staff will be open and transparent with stakeholders.

Service Description
The Authority is an employer under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009, having
an establishment comprising 8 full time staff and 3 part-time staff. It is envisaged that
because of extra duties (New Burdens) for the NIFCA compared to NSFC that
additional officer and office staff will be employed during 2011/12 within the budget
resources (precept) available to NIFCA.

The existing staff are described below:

In the office:
Chief Executive                 Michael H. Hardy LL.B- responsible for
                                Head of service including overall management of the
                                organisation and its staff, officers and including
                                ultimate responsibility for:
                                Budget control, Policy development, Public relations
                                Data protection, Freedom of information,
                                Legal management, Human resources issues,
                                Preparing reports

Administrative Officer          Pearl Richards- responsible for
                                General administration including managing and
                                maintaining office systems, personnel records, data
                                systems, computer records, IT and, ordering and
                                purchasing and website. Is first office point of contact
                                including for members of the public.

Secretary                       Deborah Carr (part-time) - responsible for
                                Management of office filing systems, maintaining
                                paper records, audio typing, general office duties.

Finance Officer                 Julian Sutton (part-time) - responsible for
                                Budget control and maintaining financial records

Inshore Fisheries and Conservation
Officers (“IFCOs”)
Chief Inshore Fisheries &          Alastair Browne – responsible for:
Conservation Officer               Organising patrol vessel rota, shore patrols for the
(Operations)                       officers, supervising other fishery officers
                                   Patrol boat skipper
                                   Supervising vessel operation
                                   Liaising with Chief Executive
                                   Checking fishery officers’ diaries and expenses claims
                                   Preparing quarterly reports and enforcement.

Deputy Chief Inshore Fisheries     Mark Southerton – responsible for:
& Conservation Officer             General officer duties including deputising for the Chief
(Operations)                       Officer (Operations) where necessary
                                   Health and safety, victualling (provisions) of the vessel
                                   and enforcement duties.

Deputy Chief Inshore Fisheries     Jonathan Green – responsible for:
& Conservation Officer             General officer duties including deputising for the Chief
(Environmental)                    Fishery Officer (Operations) where necessary, research
                                   programmes, marine and environmental issues,
                                   statutory consultation and enforcement duties.

Inshore Fisheries &                Justin Cooke – responsible for:-
Conservation Officer /Engineer     Maintenance of NIFCA vessels and equipment, ordering
                                   of parts, arranging and managing re-fits and
                                   enforcement duties.

Inshore Fisheries &                Jodie Royle – responsible for:
Conservation Officer               Working with the Deputy Chief (Environmental) Officer
(Environmental )                   and also developing GIS for the Authority and
                                   enforcement duties.

Inshore Fisheries &                Darren Graham – responsible for:
Conservation Officer               Enforcement Officer duties.

Inshore Fisheries &                Eric Balsdon – responsible for:
Conservation Officer (part-time)   Enforcement Officer duties.

Service Standards
The Officers are all based from home and are mobile, working aboard the Patrol Vessel and
the Authority’s RIBs. They also attend at the office (where the Authority’s Land Rover and
shore-based RIB is stored) for meetings and administrative support.

The other staff are based at the Authority office in Cramlington. All are mobile when
necessary to attend meetings and to other duties relating to their role.

The main overall roles of the Authority will be enforcement of fisheries and conservation
legislation at sea and ashore in the Authority district; collecting data through research and
survey (practical and desk based) with a continuation of projects particularly with Newcastle
University; management and maintenance of physical resources; administration including
finance, data protection, record keeping and preparation for meetings; providing advice
(official consultations, general fisheries and environmental enquiries and ad hoc stakeholder
enquiries); and acting as intermediary and facilitator.

The objectives of NIFCA entail providing a professional, effective, efficient and equitable
enforcement regime in the NIFCA district; ensuring the best possible fishery and
conservation management practices and research techniques are utilised; continuing to
maintain and monitor standards of performance; providing stakeholders and the general
public with information and/or data and improving access thereto; and meeting with
stakeholders to provide information and receive feedback.

Service Delivery Priorities
By a proactive enforcement regime throughout the district a high quality of patrols and
enforcement will be achieved. There will also be reports to the Authority on a quarterly and
annual basis setting out the activities of the Authority measured against the Performance
Indicators in particular. Technical and research documentation will be produced to a high
standard and made publicly available both in paper and electronic form. Research
opportunities will be practically identified and developed with appropriate levels of reaction to
consultation and similar documents. There will also be involvement in other activities that
could have an impact on the marine environment in the district.

The IFCA will also continue to collect data from permit returns in accordance with Byelaw 13.
In addition the IFCA will seek external funding support wherever possible for relevant

As part of NIFCA’s customer care, the following standards have been set so that customers
know what to expect when dealing with the Authority and staff.

Employees will:-

      Identify themselves when dealing with anyone
      Answer telephone calls within 5 rings whenever possible.
      Answer letters and emails or send a holding letter within 5 working days of receipt.
      Deal with complaints in a prompt considerate manner.
      Be courteous and endeavour to be helpful at all times.
      Provide information on services and facilities.

   Consult on important issues and ask for people’s views about our services.
   Greet someone within 30 seconds, when they attend our office.
   Provide confidential interview facilities if needed.
   Where an offence is to be prosecuted in Court, to notify any suspected offenders, ,
    within 6 months of detection of an offence.
   Aim to process requests for an Authority permit within 7 days of receipt or as soon as
    possible thereafter.

Governance and Financial
Management Summary
NIFCA is governed by the system of quarterly meetings of the membership held at
Northumberland County Council, County Hall in Morpeth on the fourth Tuesday every
January, April, July and October. Governance is regulated by the NIFCA Constitution,
Standing Orders and Code of Conduct for Members. The Standing Orders provide a
procedure to arrange extraordinary meetings if required.

NIFCA has two standing committees of members which meet before each quarterly meeting
and report to the main NIFCA Committee – the Watch Committee deals particularly with
issues relating to the patrol vessel, enforcement and staff matters and the Finance
Committee particularly considers the Authority budget and is reported to by the Finance
Officer and Chief Executive.

Subcommittees are established when necessary to look at specific issues and report to the
main committee for example in relation to byelaw review.

Training and Development Plan
NIFCA is committed to the training and development of staff and members to maximise their
knowledge and ability to carry out their roles fully and effectively within the Authority.
Training and development will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and will be developed to
address all areas of relevance to the Authority’s operation. Issues in the Authority plan can
be converted over time into an individual personal working objective. By thus investing in
the NIFCA staff their value to the organisation and the respect in which they are held as
individuals by NIFCA and stakeholders is demonstrated and maintained. The system of staff
appraisals established by NSFC and to be continued and developed by NIFCA is also
designed so that individual staff input is maximised and aspirations addressed and met
where possible.

Training will be through a variety of media, including but not limited to formal classroom
teaching, e learning, mentoring and role play, including experience on the job.

The attached schedule at pages 18 and 19 of this document confirms the training plan for
officers and staff in 2011–12. Particularly, this will ensure fulfilment of the statutory safety
courses and enforcement training which the officers are required to undertake. In addition,
the Chief Executive is a member of the national cross agency (MMO, Environment Agency
and IFCAs) training group which is looking at a range of initiatives for future training for IFCO
and other sea fisheries and environment enforcement officers.

Administrative staff will undertake such courses as are necessary both to maintain the
standards of their work and for personal development and this process will be kept under
review particularly by the Chief Executive and Administrative Officer.

Officer and staff training requirements will be agreed and kept under review with every
member of staff during annual appraisal, culminating in a personal development plan.

Training has been offered to some members by Defra during the preparatory period for
inception of the IFCA on 1 April 2011. In addition, guidance has been provided during this
period from the Authority office by way of reports and information and at Authority meetings,
which will continue on an ongoing basis after 1 April 2011. As part of the same, members
will be briefed as much as possible on subjects which will or may impact upon or affect their
core interest.

As the work of the Authority develops, options for training will be brought to the members’
attention wherever possible and members will continue to be encouraged to participate in
the same and suggest any training sessions which they think will be useful.

                    ANNUAL TRAINING PLAN 2011-12

        List of Proposed Courses/Training (Fishery Officers)

First Aid at Work                   3 office staff   2 officers to   1 Officer to
                                    to attend           attend         attend
                                                      Refresher      First Aid at
                                                       Course           Work
Manual Handling                     All officers

Basic Fire Awareness Training       3 office staff

Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting   2 officers

Royal Yachting Association          1 officer
Level 2

Royal Yachting Association          3 officers
Level 3

Maritime Radio Operator             1 officer
Certificate of Competence

Trailer Training                    2 officers

Annual IFCA Enforcement             2 officers

Monitor Control Surveillance        Officers in-
System Basic User                   house
Monitor Control Surveillance        1 officer
System Super User Continuation

Fish Identification (provided by    2 officers
the Environment Agency)

              ANNUAL TRAINING PLAN 2011-12 (continued)

               List of Proposed Courses/Training (General)

 Training in Advanced Information                   Administrative Officer plus
 Technology Systems                                 Secretary

 Tax and Financial Systems Updating                 Finance Officer

 Habitats Regulations (Natural England)             Chief Executive, Chief
                                                    Officer (Operations) and
                                                    Deputy Chief Officer
 Food and Environment Protection Act                Chief Executive and all
 (MMO)                                              officers

 Impact Assessments (Natural England)               Chief Executive, Chief
                                                    Officer (Operations) and
                                                    Deputy Chief Officer
 People and Self Management                         Officers and staff where

The need for additional courses (including for members) will be monitored, arranged where
necessary and within budget and reported upon on an ongoing basis to meetings of the

Strategic Plan
NIFCA is preparing a Strategic Plan to guide and inform the activity of the Authority and
attainment of its objectives over the initial four year period until the Secretary of State reports
to Parliament upon the conduct and operation of all IFCAs (Section 183 of the Marine and
Coastal Access Act 2009).

The NIFCA Strategic Plan will be considered with a view to approval by a quarterly meeting
of NIFCA in 2011/12.


To top