The Institute

We are an international organisation of people whose aim is to support and promote sustainable fisheries management for the benefit of our members, fisheries, wildlife and society.

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About the IFM

Created in 1969 the IFM is dedicated to the advancement of sustainable fisheries management. We are a non-profit organisation controlled by members and managed by an elected council.

Our members come from a broad range of sectors which includes; regulatory and research bodies, fishing and angling organisations, water companies, fish farms and educational institutions. We are represented at many levels within government and conservation bodies. We have branches across the UK and Ireland and our own training/education system. We organise many events through the year, from international conferences to small branch visits.

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The Institute, in partnership with a number of other UK institutes and societies concerned with the environment, is one of the Constituent Bodies of the Society for the Environment. The Society has a Royal Charter and can award the qualification of Chartered Environmentalist. This qualification recognises responsibility for sustainable environmental management and is important for employment. Find out more about our chartered membership here. You can join the IFM through this website.

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Our aims

Promote, facilitate and influence the best possible standards of fisheries management across the British Isles.

Provide the technical and general knowledge necessary for competent fisheries management.

Be the organisation of choice for evidence-based advice and guidance for sustainable fisheries management.

Be the membership body of choice for fisheries managers, and to provide good value fisheries management services to members and customers of the Institute.

Our Objectives

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Specialist Sections

The Specialist Sections of the Institute provide members with the opportunity to exchange views with other institute members on various areas of interest in fisheries, to contribute to various consultation documents and policy papers; and to participate in special conferences and workshops relevant to their interest. The Terms of Reference of the specialist sections can be found here.

International

This section is planned to provide a forum for Institute members currently overseas. The chair of the section is currently vacant –please contact the Institute Chair, Eamon Cusack if you are interested in joining this section.

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Administration and Management

This section includes legal aspects of fisheries work including enforcement . The chair of the section is Steve Axford

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Angling and Recreation

This section covers recreational topics such as angling and management of the resource e.g. salmon. The chair of the section is Mike Lee

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Transitional and Marine

This section encompasses both fisheries in transitional waters (e.g. estuaries ) and marine areas. The chair of the section is Steve Colclough

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Culture and Health

This section includes consideration of aspects of fish culture (trout, salmon and coarse) and fish health (both wild and in culture). The chair of the section is Ian Wellby

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Fish and the Environment

This section encompasses a wide range of topics, including fish passage, hydropower, water quality, and fish biology. The chair of the section is Jim Lyons

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Membership is open to anyone with an interest in fish and fisheries, their proper management and conservation. Benefits include training and qualification opportunities, events, publications, CPD, the Chartered Environmentalist qualification (C.Env), member discounts and more......

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