About the project

Project stages and timelines.

Stage One - Fishery Analysis (Completed November 2012)

Including a broad review of English inshore Fisheries including:

  • Species profiles important commercial species for the inshore sector.
  • Value and seasonality of landings for key ports for the inshore sector.
  • Regionalised fishery reports by IFCA district.
  • Inshore fleet characteristics including gear types used and fisheries targeted.
  • Habitat maps.

Stage Two - Gap Analysis (Completed April 2013)

  • This will use the MSC Pre-Assessment as a gap analysis on English inshore fisheries, looking at each species and gear type within each IFCA area, as well as biological stock units across IFCA areas.

Stage Three (Early 2015)

  • The development of sustainability reports for each IFCA area.  This will highlight commonalities and potential efficiencies between regions, species and gears and provide a roadmap for the future management and sustainability of all of the English inshore fisheries.
  • Follow up and support for interested fisheries wishing to move into full MSC assessment (to mid 2015).

Stage Four (2015 onwards)

  • Follow up and support for interested fisheries wishing to move into full MSC assessment and facilitation of the development of Fishery Improvement Projects to help fill gaps identified in Stages 2 & 3.

Independent auditors

Project Inshore assessment stages 1 & 2 were carried out by Food Certification International (FCI), an accredited independent Certifier specialising in the commercial fisheries sector. Stage 3 was carried out by Acoura, a food industry assessment organisation. Seafish and the MSC provided on-the-ground support for fisheries and IFCAs.Advisory Group

The MSC will establish a multi-stakeholder Advisory Group made up of key organisations from within the sector to feed into the work of Project Inshore and help disseminate information about the project. The Advisory Group represents diverse experiences, geographies and interests in relation to the English inshore industry. The Advisory Group meets twice a year in London.

The Advisory Group is formed from the following organisations:

  • Association of Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities (IFCA)
  • Defra
  • Direct Seafoods
  • Industry representation
  • Marks & Spencers
  • Marine Stewardship Council
  • Natural England
  • National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations
  • New Under Ten Fishermens Association
  • Seafish
  • Shellfish Association of Great Britain
  • WWF

The Project Inshore Advisory Group's Terms of Reference are available for download (PDF) by following this link.