FMAC was not entirely suitable for inshore fisheries management as it naturally focuses on major issues relating primarily to offshore fisheries. Because of this focus the group had insufficient representation of inshore fishermen, particularly static gear operators. This was seen as a significant weakness from an inshore point of view, as the creel sector makes up at least 75% of the fleet operating in inshore waters.
The FMAC model was therefore revised to create a separate inshore group. The Inshore Fisheries Management and Conservation Group (IFMAC) allows inshore issues to be addressed by representatives of fishermen operating in inshore waters. IFMAC complements the Regional IFG network by focusing on national, as opposed to local, inshore issues and covering inshore sea areas not covered by Regional IFGs (e.g. 6-12 nm).