The West Coast Regional Inshore Fisheries Group (WCRIFG) is one of five regional inshore fisheries groups in Scotland and was established in April 2016 as an amalgamation of the former South West and North West Inshore Fisheries Groups. These former fisheries groups were part of a model of six RIFGs formed in 2013 with the purpose of delivering the objectives of fisheries management plans that were produced by pilot RIFGs between 2009 - 2012.
The overarching aim of WCRIFG is to improve the management of inshore fisheries, in line with the Future Fisheries Management Document, out to twelve nautical miles* and give commercial inshore fishermen a strong voice in wider marine management developments. WCRIFG is non-statutory working with inshore fisheries industry representatives, statutory bodies such as Marine Scotland and Nature Scot, and other parties. Having regard to the Marine Scotland Inshore Fisheries Strategy 2021 and the National Marine Plan2, the WCRIFG considers matters with the potential to impact upon or otherwise affect inshore fisheries.
The Regional Inshore Fisheries Groups (RIFGs) aim to improve the management of inshore fisheries in the 0-6 nautical mile zone of Scottish waters, and to give commercial inshore fishermen a strong voice in wider marine management developments.