The authority for an IFC district must manage the exploitation of sea fisheries resources in that district e.g. all animals or plants that live in the sea, including those that are cultivated in the sea and;
a) seek to ensure that the exploitation of sea fisheries resources is carried out in a sustainable way,
b) seek to balance the social and economic benefits of exploiting the sea fisheries resources of the district with the need to protect the marine environment from, or promote its recovery from, the effects of such exploitation,
c) take any other steps which in the authority’s opinion are necessary for the purpose of making a contribution to the achievement of sustainable development,
d) seek to balance the different needs of persons engaged in the exploitation of sea fisheries resources in the district
Protection of Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs): The authority for an IFC district must seek to ensure that the conservation objectives of any MCZ in the district are furthered.
Management of fisheries within Marine Protected Areas (Special Areas of Conservation (SAC), Special Protection Areas (SPA) and Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)): manage fisheries within marine protected areas.