Research & Environment

Our Role

Cornwall IFCA takes effective decisions based upon the best available evidence.

Cornwall IFCA has its own research team who undertake physical survey and research activities and analysis in order to inform the management of the fisheries within the Cornwall IFCA district.

We also work collaboratively with a range of partner organisations conducting joint projects, undertaking commissioned work and providing expertise or physical assets to support research activities in Cornwall.

Cornwall IFCA research officers operate around the coast, hosted on a variety of commercial vessels and form the Authorities research vessel Tiger Lilly.

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. 

Click here to find out more about the Marine Protected Areas in the Cornwall IFCA district. .


Cornwall IFCA Reports

 

Fal Oyster Fishery

Fal Native Oyster Fishery Seasons 2014-2015, 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 Permit Statistics Report

Fisheries in European Marine Sites: Habitats Regulations Assessment Fal Fishery Order 2016

Fal Oyster and Queen Scallop Effort Trends Report Seasons 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18

Fal Oyster survey 2019

 

Lobster, Crawfish and Crab Fishing Permit reports

Edible crab summary statics 2016-18

Crustacean Landings Monitoring 2016

Lobster, Crawfish and Crab Fishing Permit Byelaw 2016: Analysis of 2016 Fishing Activity Returns

Lobster, Crawfish and Crab Fishing Permit Byelaw 2016: Analysis of 2017 Fishing Activity Returns

A brief summary of the fisheries for crustaceans in the Cornwall IFCA district 2018

 

Wrasse Survey reports

Live wrasse fishery investigations 2016 – 2017

Wrasse fishery independent sampling survey report 2016

Wrasse fishery independent sampling survey report 2017

Wrasse fishery report 2018

 

Marine Protected Area reports

Tamar Estuaries Marine Conservation Zone blue mussel bed survey 2016

River Tamar Crab Tiling Survey 2017

River Fowey Crab Tiling Survey 2018

Eddystone Reefs Drop Down Video Survey 2016

Eddystone Reefs Drop Down Video Survey 2017

Eddystone Reefs Drop Down Video Survey 2018

Eddystone Reefs Side-scan Sonar Survey 2017

Falmouth Bay to St. Austell Bay potential SPA bycatch monitoring report, analysis of 2013-2016 data

Mounts Bay Drop Down Video Seagrass Survey 2018

Manacles MCZ Side-scan Sonar and Drop Down Video Survey 2016

Whitsand and Looe Bay MCZ Side-scan Sonar Survey 2018

 

Verifying acoustic signals for habitat classification within St.Austell Bay, Veryan Bay and Gerrans Bay 2016 Summary Report
Verifying acoustic signals for habitat classification within St.Austell Bay, Veryan Bay and Gerrans Bay 2016 Annex 9 St Austell Bay
Verifying acoustic signals for habitat classification within St.Austell Bay, Veryan Bay and Gerrans Bay 2016 Annex 10 Gerrans Bay
Verifying acoustic signals for habitat classification within St.Austell Bay, Veryan Bay and Gerrans Bay 2016 Annex 11 Veryan Bay

 

Other

Cornwall IFCA Scallop Dredging Trial Portloe 2019

Cornwall IFCA/SeaSearch Spiny Lobster Survey 29 March 2018

The impact of potting on seagrass survey field report

Camel Cockle Survey 2016

Cornwall Sea Fisheries Committee Reports

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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