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Communities Inshore Fisheries Alliance

Communities Inshore Fisheries Alliance is a fishing focused and cross industry and community based organisation which was established in early 2017 as a policy and action group with the main aim of addressing the economic and physical needs of the Scottish Inshore Fisheries and its associated communities and businesses.  CIFA proactively sets out to advocate, develop, support and celebrate fishing and fishing related activities.


About CIFA

We are an Alliance established in 2017 to primarily advocate, develop, support and celebrate Scotland's inshore fishing communities.  CIFA was initially established from an acknowledgement and grassroots movement of a number of largely inshore fishing associations who understood that the time was right and the opportunity was real to improve our fisheries.



Join as a Fishing Association

If you represent a fishing association who shares our principles of fair and sustainable fishing and want to support our fishing communities and businesses to be the best they can just click on the link below, complete the form and submit. The CIFA will aim to be in touch within 5 days.

Join as an Individual Boat/Fisherman

If you are an individual fisherman/boat owner who believes in fair sustainable fishing why not join CIFA?  It couldn't be easier, press on the link below, complete the form and submit the form.  CIFA will aim to get in touch within 5 days.

Join Us As A Community Group/ Individual Supporter

If you are an individual or a member of a community group supportive of sustainable fishing and fishing communities please get in touch.  Family members, local community groups and members of the public who support sustainable fishermen and quality seafood, as well as thriving communities in socio-economic terms, are welcome to apply for membership of the Alliance.  CIFA will be back in touch within 5 days.

Join as a business

If you have any kind of business related directly or indirectly to fishing, fishing related activities or coastal and fishing community development and would like to be part of CIFA, it couldn't be easier! Just click on the link below, complete the form and submit.  You might be a local cafe who works with sustainable fishermen in the heart of a fishing community, or a boatyard, processor, haulage company etc. We look forward to hearing from you, you have an important part to play in the Alliance.  CIFA will aim to be back in touch within 5 days.

Current Members &


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Our Aspirations

"A light on in every Coastal Village and Town"

"World class Scottish Inshore Seafood celebrated locally and worldwide"

"Fair & flexible Fisheries access & management for inshore fleets" 

"Humans have a natural place in the eco-system, fishing should offer a basis for employment and settlement"

"Fisheries resources shall be sustainabily harvested, mindful of future fishing generations"

"Regeneration of our coastal fleets and facilities around the coast"

Contact CIFA

If you are interested in what we do or have any questions please get in touch

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