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Fisheries Management Plan

The West Coast Regional Inshore Fisheries Group's Fisheries Management Plan had its first annual review in May 2018.  Its overarching objectives remain consistent with those included in the management plans produced in 2012 by the then-pilot Inshore Fisheries Groups.

The current plan also takes cognisance of more recent developments such as the Scottish Inshore Fisheries Strategy, Future Fisheries Management, Marine Planning developments, and the issues or aims identified by members.


The West Coast Regional Inshore Fisheries Group covers inshore waters from Cape Wrath in the north to the national border with England in the Solway Firth.

The Group was established in April 2016 as an amalgamation of the former South West and North West Inshore Fisheries Groups.


The Group has a Management Committee which meets at least twice per year, though it may convene more frequently if required.

The Management Committee is supported by four geographic subcommittees namely, Clyde, Mull & Argyll, Solway and, West Highlands & Skye. Subcommittees may meet as often as four times per year and include locally based members. Subcommittees support the Group by developing aims and objectives as well as undertaking other activities such as projects pertaining to their respective areas.

The geographic subcommittees were selected in recognition of differences in inshore fishing cultures within each area but also to coincide with current and future marine planning partnership areas. These areas are also largely consistent with current Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGS) which are responsible for recommending applications for funding under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).

The Management Committee or Sub Committees may establish working groups to deal with specific issues that require greater input than can be resolved during committee meetings. Working groups will generally be short lived task and finish in nature and the membership will normally be agreed by the Chair in consultation, where appropriate, with committee members. The findings of working groups as well as the outcomes of Subcommittee meetings are ultimately reported to the WCRIFG Committee to ensure scrutiny, transparency and consistency in decision making.

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