Joss Wiggins awarded MBE for services to Fishing and Conservation in the Thames Estuary
Former Chief Officer Joss Wiggins achieved recognition for the work he has done to promote and develop sustainable and commercially viable fisheries when he was awarded an MBE last Friday for services to fishing and conservation in the Thames Estuary. Joss joined the Kent & Essex Sea Fisheries Committee as head fishery officer in 1975, and retired as Chief Officer of Kent & Essex IFCA in March 2013, though he has stayed on as Project Officer and is currently engaged in developing a management strategy for Native oysters within the Blackwater, Crouch, Roach, and Colne Estuaries Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) Among his many achievements was the development and introduction, with SFC, of the 1993 Thames Estuary Cockle Fishery Order. This fishery was recently described by Fishing News as the “world’s best run cockle fishery”. Joss has gained widespread local and national respect for his knowledge of fisheries and has sat on many national and local committees including the Sea Fisheries Committee (IFCA) Chief Officers Group. Throughout his time with the IFCA and the SFC before it he has retained his passion and enthusiasm for the marine environment and the industries that depend on it. The Chief Officer and staff of Kent & Essex IFCA are immensely proud of Joss and the commitment and dedication he has shown over the years. He has become a role-model in achieving community-led sustainable fisheries.