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About the North & East Coast RIFG

Fisheries Management Plan

The North & East Coast Regional Inshore Fisheries Group (N&EC RIFG) has produced a Fisheries Management Plan. The plan is a flexible rolling document, defining the current aims and objectives of the RIFG.


If you have any enquiries regarding the N&EC RIFG, please direct them to Marine Scotland at


The N&EC RIFG was established in April 2016 and succeeds the Moray Firth & North Coast IFG and East Coast IFG, that were in place from 2013-16.

The N&EC RIFG covers inshore waters for up to six nautical miles offshore in the area between Durness on the north coast and all the east coast down to Burnmouth by the border with England.

Burghead   Dunbar   Gardenstown
 Burghead    Dunbar    Gardenstown


N&EC RIFG has a Management Committee consisting of representatives drawn from various fishermen’s associations which includes both the mobile and static sector.

The Management Committee is responsible for developing and implementing a Fisheries Management Plan for the region as well as being a forum for discussing inshore fishing issues and making recommendations to Marine Scotland. Minutes of previous meetings are published on this website.

The governance of the N&EC Management Committee is detailed in the Decision Making Process and Structures & Functions documents. 

The N&EC RIFG Fisheries Management Plan will be based on the vision of the Scottish Inshore Fisheries Strategy, which is to deliver a more sustainable, profitable and well managed inshore fisheries sector. The key outcomes of this strategy are:

  1. To address the barriers to good governance by updating the 1967 and 1984 Fisheries Acts by introducing new legislation by 2020.
  2. To improve the evidence base upon which fisheries management decisions are made.
  3. To utilise the RIFGs in decision making and involve local fishermen in the sustainable management and conservation of their fishery.
  4. To comply with national and international obligations to prosecute fishing at Maximum Sustainable Yields (MSY), protect the marine environment and vulnerable coastal communities.
  5. To be able to make balanced management decisions that take in to account the various interests in the marine environment.
  6. To maximise funding for various initiatives from the European Maritime & Fisheries Fund (EMFF).