North Eastern IFCA is aware of concerns about a short term reduction in enforcement powers available to its officers. The EU ‘control’ regulation ensures compliance with the rules of the CFP. It includes the use of vessel monitoring systems and electronic recording systems, as well as a range of other control requirements.
The MMO co-ordinates an enforcement programme, which involves monitoring, control and surveillance of sea fishing in British fishery limits around the coast of England and English vessels operating outside those waters.
The usual level of enforcement and spot checks is being maintained despite a short term reduction in enforcement powers available to Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA) officers to enforce certain EU legislation in the spring of 2015. The MMO has warranted a number of NEIFCA officers with relevant powers, so that they can continue to operate as normal, enforcing EU regulations relating to fisheries and marine conservation.
Routine enforcement of all current NEIFCA byelaw regulations, including emergency byelaws, is and always has been, unaffected by this short-term legislative issue.