Assets

The North Western Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (NWIFCA) has a budget of  £1.3 million for the year 2016 – 2017. Two thirds of the budget is raised from a levy on local councils and one third is paid by Defra. The Authority has two offices, one in Carnforth and another in Whitehaven. The NWIFCA employs 20 staff who work in a variety of roles such as science and enforcement.

Patrol Vessels

Solway Protector

The FPV Solway Protector is 15.8 metres long. She was commissioned in 1989 and built by ‘Halmatic’ of Havant. She has two Caterpillar 3408B diesel engines delivering 503 bhp each, giving her a maximum speed of 18.5 knots.  A large working area in the transom contains the 1.5 tonne winch, and is ideal for experimental work and fishing practices such as beam trawling, dredging and potting. The vessel is coded under the Small Commercial Vessel Certification of Category 2. She is operated by a crew of 3 people and can carry up to 9 further people on board.

More photographs of the Solway Protector can be viewed by clicking here.

Protector Bravo

The FPV Protector Bravo is a 7 metre “Osprey Viper” RIB. It was commissioned in 1999 to patrol close inshore, especially in the shallow waters of the upper Solway Firth. It has two 100hp 4-stroke “Yamaha” outboard engines, giving it a top speed of 35 knots. The RIB has its own trailer so it can assist in other areas when needed. The vessel comprehensive navigational aids and a net and line hauler for recovering static gear such as nets and pots. It is coded under the Small Commercial Vessel Certification of Category 3R. It is operated by 2 officers and can carry up to 6 people in total.

Protector Gamma

 

The FPV Protector Gamma is a 6.3 metre “Humber Ocean Pro” RIB. It was commissioned in 2011 to patrol close inshore around Barrow and North Morecambe Bay. The vessel has twin 60hp 4-stroke “Suzuki” engines, giving it a top speed of 30 knots. The RIB has its own trailer so it can assist elsewhere when needed. It is coded with the Small Commercial Vessel Certification of Category 3R. It is operated by two officers and can carry up to 6 people in total.

Zodiac Bravo

 

The FPV Zodiac Bravo is a Grand Raid Mk III with a single 40hp Yamaha outboard motor. It was commissioned in 2009 and patrols the inshore waters within Morecambe Bay. The RIB has its own trailer so it can assist elsewhere in the district. The vessel is coded with the Small Commercial Vessel Certification of Category 6. It is crewed by two officers and can carry up 4 people in total.

Bay Protector

The FPV Bay Protector is a 7.5 metre “Humber Ocean Pro” RIB. It is powered by twin 150hp Yamaha engines, giving it a top speed of 50 knots. It was commissioned in 2014 and patrols the inshore waters of the River Ribble, River Mersey and further north if needed. The vessel is coded with the Small Commercial Vessel Certification of Category 3R. It is crewed by 2 officers and can carry up to 6 people in total.

 

Patrol Vehicles and All Terrain Vehicles

The Authority operates with a fleet of vehicles and ATV (quad bikes) which are located throughout the district.