Research & Environment

Our Role

In order to sustainably manage sea fisheries resources, we will need to make effective decisions based upon the best available evidence. Our annual Research Plan will set out our priorities for the year, either working on our own or with other partners.

Survey Work

We undertake a range of different types of surveys, from sampling the populations of commercial species such as lobsters both at sea and via landings, to biannual monitoring of shellfish stocks within the estuaries, for example cockles in the Camel Estuary and mussels in the river Lynher.

Marine Protected Areas

Cornwall IFCA has significant responsibilities in monitoring and assessing the health and condition of a range of Marine Protected Areas. In order to ensure that we are effectively managing the balance between the fisheries and the conservation objectives for these sites sound scientific evidence is required. This involves considerable direct surveying work, habitat assessments and a range of partnership initiatives.

Marine Habitat Surveying

To monitor the marine habitat, we use a variety of equipment and remote sensing techniques including;-

  • Our own ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) which was purchased as part of a partnership project with Natural England,
  • Sidescan sonar, this acoustically maps the seabed
  • Drop down cameras to gather detailed information on species and habitats.

Cornwall IFCA has its own dedicated research vessel Tiger Lilly as well as using the other Cornwall IFCA vessel as scientific platforms.


The following research reports, produced by our predecessor Cornwall Sea Fisheries Committee, are available to download below.

Click here to download the Analysis of 2016 fishing activity returns for the lobster, crawfish and crab fishing permit.  
Click here to see Lobster Tagging Interim Report 2008
Click here to see Annual Research Report 2009 including Lobster Tagging Final Report
Click here to see Cornish Inshore Waters Shellfish Stock Survey 2003-2006
Click here to see CSFC Spider Crab Report 2008
Click here to see Spider Crab Regulatory Impact Assessment 2009

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