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Environment, Food and Agriculture

Head Office

Thie Slieau Whallian

Foxdale Road

St John's

Isle of Man



+ 44 1624 685835


Gross Income £4,074,901, Gross Expenditure £21,040,608, Net Expenditure £16,965,707


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Minister: Hon Clare Barber MHK

Chief Officer: Scott Gallacher

Political Members: 

  • Dr Michelle Haywood MHK
  • Tanya August-Hanson MLC

The Department works to protect and enhance the Island's natural assets within the core principles of environmental, economic and social sustainability; whilst optimising quality of life, international reputation, food production energy security and outdoor amenity.

DEFA works in partnership with all sectors of the Manx Community to protect and enhance the essentials of life – food, air, land and water and to minimise the impact of work activities and food borne and infectious disease on the people who live, work and visit our Island.  It has policy responsibility for animal health and welfare, environmental protection, food, farming and fisheries.

The Department's objectives.

The structure of the Department has changed and this page is currently under review. Please refer to the DEFA organisational chart to see the new structure. 

The Department has the following areas of responsibility:

Agriculture and Lands Directorate button

Agriculture button Curraghs Wildlife Park button Local Food Development button Forestry and Amenity button Access and Recreation button Isle of Man Sawmill button  Plant Health button Hills and Uplands button Tree Protection button

Environment Directorate button

Ecosystems Policy button Energy Policy Team Unesco Biosphere button Environmental Protection Fisheries button 

Regulation Directorate button

Animal Health Environmental Health button Government Laboratory button Health and Safety button 

Planning and Building Control Directorate button 

The Department sponsors the following boards and offices:

Road Transport Licensing Committee button Office of Fair Trading button Climate Change button

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