About SIFT

The Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust is a Scottish charity founded in 2011, to promote the sustainable management of Scotland’s inshore waters so that they provide the maximum long term socio-economic benefits to all Scotland’s coastal communities.

The inshore fisheries problem

Scotland’s inshore waters, which lie within 12 nautical miles of its 11,800km coastline, have long been important as a source of food and of wealth-creating opportunities. Despite their importance, these waters have been poorly managed in recent decades. Over-fishing and the use of fishing gears which damage the sea bed have been permitted and promoted. As a consequence, the inshore ecosystem has been degraded and valuable fish stocks have diminished. This has resulted in a long term decline in the coastal economy.

SIFT’s solution

SIFT promotes fisheries policies which restore the diversity and abundance of the marine ecosystem. We encourage management based upon the ecosystem approach and, more specifically, reductions in the use of gears such as trawls and dredges within specific inshore areas. This helps to restore a more lucrative, sustainable and mixed economy, comprised of commercial and recreational fishing alongside other activities which rely on healthy seas - such as wildlife tourism and diving.


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Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust is a Registered Scottish Charity Number SC042334