About SIFT

  • Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust is a Scottish charity founded in 2011
  • SIFT’s aim is to promote the sustainable management of Scotland’s inshore waters so that they provide the maximum long term benefits to all coastal communities
  • At SIFT’s core is a coalition of community and maritime interests who wish to replace unfair, short-termist fisheries in their local inshore waters with a mix of sustainable and resilient maritime livelihoods


The inshore fisheries problem

Scotland’s inshore waters are important. They extend 12 nautical miles from Scotland’s enormous 11,800km coastline, cover over half of the country’s territorial area and were historically a rich source of wealth for coastal communities.

Despite the importance of inshore waters, their management has been neglected. Over-fishing and the use of fishing gears which damage habitats have not only been permitted but promoted. As a consequence the inshore ecosystem has been degraded and the valuable fin-fish stocks have collapsed to the point that coastal communities no longer enjoy a mixed and vibrant economy.

SIFT’s solution

SIFT promotes fisheries policies which conserve and restore the diversity of the marine ecosystem. In particular SIFT promotes ecosystem based management and reductions in effort of damaging bottom trawls and dredges within specific inshore areas. These policies will assist the return of a more lucrative, sustainable and mixed economy featuring revived fin-fisheries, which will benefit all commercial and recreational fisheries, alongside activities which rely on a healthy sea - such as wildlife tourism and diving.


UPDATE: Information Pack on Proposed Firth of Clyde Regulating Order, Version 2(November 2015)

SIFT have released an Information Pack summarising its proposal for a Regulating Order (RO) for the Firth of Clyde to manage prawns, king and queen scallops only. The document is for members of the Firth of Clyde fishery and other stakeholders. It details the background, proposed governance structure and management measures.

Please follow the link to view the Information Pack on the proposed Clyde RO, Version 2: Information Pack on proposed Firth of Clyde Regulating Order, Version 2


UPDATE: Proposed Firth of Clyde Regulating Order Submitted to Scottish Government

SIFT has submitted a Regulating Order application for the Firth of Clyde. Please follow the link to view the application: Firth of Clyde Regulating Order Application, October 2015

Please follow the link to view the associated economic report: Economic Impact of a Proposed Fisheries Regulating Order for the Clyde Sea.


Revive The Clyde

SIFT has launched a campaign to gather public support to change the way fisheries are currently managed in the Firth of Clyde.

The Revive the Clyde campaign gives you the opportunity to pledge your support for the Clyde Charter, to encourage the Scottish Government to bring about much-needed change. This change will incorporate the following key principles;
  • Revive the Firth of Clyde marine environment.
  • Support a diverse fishery, boosting jobs and the local economy.
  • Promote fisheries management based on local input and scientific advice

To sign up and support the Clyde Charter and the revival of the Clyde, visit http://www.revivetheclyde.org/support-us/



Latest news and events


21/10/2015 - Comprehensive Plan Lodged to Boost Clyde Fisheries

The Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust (SIFT) has lodged with the Scottish Government an innovative proposal to revive the Firth of Clyde’s once great fishery. The proposal, for a Regulating Order under the 1967 Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) Act, aims to improve the Firth’s existing shellfish fishery and bring back its former finfish fishery.

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Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust is a Registered Scottish Charity Number SC042334