We work in partnership with other local authorities, the Environment Agency, conservation bodies and charities with an interest in the Somerset coast, to develop policy for a sustainable coastline in Somerset.
We are actively involved with the following coastal groups:
Devon and the Severn Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCAs)
IFCAs were set up in 2009 to lead, champion and manage a sustainable marine environment and inshore fisheries. IFCAs do this by successfully securing the right balance between social, environmental and economic benefits to ensure healthy seas, sustainable fisheries and a viable industry. The Marine and Coastal Access Act requires all local authorities within an IFCA district to contribute to the running and financing of that IFCA.
Severn Estuary Partnership
The partnership ensures the sustainable management of the Severn Estuary and its surroundings, bringing together the activities of the organisations/individuals with responsibilities and interests in the area.
Association of Severn Estuary Relevant Authorities (ASERA)
ASERA was formed to help organisations carry out their conservation duties in and around the Severn Estuary. The group has produced a management plan which they are implementing over the next few years. The plan outlines the activities taking place around the estuary and how they impact on the estuary’s important wildlife features.
North Devon and Somerset Coastal Advisory Group
This group has developed a North Devon and Somerset Shoreline Management Plan and they are working in partnership to implement the action plan.