People interested in influencing the management of inshore fisheries around the Eastern, North Eastern, Kent and Essex, North Western and Isles of Scilly are being encouraged to apply to join the regions' inshore fisheries and conservation authorities (IFCAs). Since their establishment in 2011, the 10 IFCAs around the English coastline have been responsible for the sustainable management of sea fisheries within 12 nautical miles from shore. They have the power to make byelaws to protect fisheries resources and the environment in their area as well as enforcing national and European fisheries legislation. IFCAs were established and given powers under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 and replaced the sea fisheries committees. They are made up of representatives from the respective local authorities, along with people from across different sectors that use or are knowledgeable about the inshore marine area, such as commercial and recreational fishermen, environmental groups and marine researchers. The Eastern IFCA, North Eastern IFCA, Kent and Essex IFCA, North Western IFCA and Isles of Scilly IFCA are all looking for a new member with experience and interest in commercial fisheries. Liz Humphreys, Acting Director of Operations and Compliance for the Marine Management Organisation which is carrying out the recruitment said "This is an excellent opportunity for people who are particularly interested and experienced in the inshore fisheries and marine issues to use their skills to influence how these resources are used and managed in the future." The roles are on a voluntary basis although relevant expenses can be reimbursed in line with the policy decided by each IFCA. More information on the vacancies and how to apply for them can be found on our IFCAs page, by emailing IFCArecruitment@marinemanagement.org.uk or phoning 0191 376 2666. The recruitment process will be open, transparent, objective and fair for all candidates. It will be carried out in line with the Nolan Principles, which underpin the Commissioner for Public Appointments Code of Practice. These principles ensure that fair, open and transparent processes are in place to ensure the correct people are appointed to IFCAs, to guarantee public confidence in the procedure. Further information can be found from The Commissioner for Public Appointments' website. The deadline for applications is 8 May 2012.