18th January

National Inshore Fisheries Forum consults with Ireland's new fisheries minister

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, has met with the six regional chairs and vice-chairs of the National Inshore Fisheries Forum, to hear proposals on the future development of the sector. NIFF 2016

Minister Michael Creed hosts his first meeting of the National Inshore Fisheries Forum

"I am pleased that there was a focus in the discussions on priorities to ensure a positive long-term future for this sector. This government has committed to the development of the inshore sectors," he remarked.

He added that to deliver on this objective, it was "essential" to hear the views of the stakeholders through the NIFF.  

"With European Maritime Fisheries Fund now available, there are opportunities to secure sustainable inshore fisheries and [to] enhance incomes in rural, coastal communities."

Topics discussed included access to herring stocks and proposals to develop national conservation measures for velvet crab.

The inshore sector (comprising fishing boats of less than 12 metres in overall length) make up more than 80% of the fishing fleet and are predominately active within six nautical miles of the Irish shore.

The NIFF was established to facilitate the development of a coherent inshore sector 'voice' by encouraging inshore fishermen to discuss issues and to generate commonly-supported initiatives.

A network of six Regional Inshore Fisheries Forums (RIFF) around the Irish coast bring forward proposals to the NIFF for wider industry discuss. Regional members include inshore fishermen, environmental interests, marine leisure, marine tourism and other marine stakeholders. 

The structures also provide opportunities for collaboration between the inshore fishing sector and their communities on sustainable strategies to optimise the income opportunities afforded by the coastal resource.

 

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