The North Eastern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (NEIFCA) is constituted pursuant to the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009. It is one of ten authorities surrounding the coastline of England. Each Authority has the same principal statutory function, to manage the exploitation of sea fisheries resources within pre-defined areas or districts.
NEIFCA's district covers the area from the River Tyne, in the North, to a point drawn True East from Haile Sand Fort on the North East Lincolnshire Authority boundary, close to Humberston, on the South Bank of the Humber Estuary. The District also encompasses all estuarine areas, landward to tidal limits, occurring within the boundaries of member Local Authorities.
The Authority comprises representatives from the 11 coastal local authorities within its area together with 14 members appointed by the Marine Management Organisation and one member appointed by each of the Marine Management Organisation, the Environment Agency, and Natural England. The total membership of the Authority is 30.