Pelagic fishermen in Killybegs face 20% reduction in 2019 quota

Pelagic fishermen say quality assurance system may not be fit-for-purpose

The EU, Norway and Faroes have today (29/11) signed a tripartite agreement in Bergen, Norway, setting a Total Allowable Quota for mackerel in 2019 at 653,438 tonnes, down 20% reduction on the current TAC. While the KFO is disappointed with the outcome, it is not surprised, given that scientific advice issued at the end of September recommended a much larger reduction of 61%.
Draft Brexit text on fisheries

Draft Brexit text delivers positive early signs for Irish fisheries

Ireland’s fishing industry is now “well placed to avoid a disastrous hard Brexit” as a result of a “seismic job of work” by Ireland in the draft withdrawal agreement and outline political declaration, remarked Seán O’Donoghue, chief executive of the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation.

Prawn fishery closure to Irish vessels

Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has called on government to explain why ‘the most productive prawn grounds in Europe’ are closed to Irish fishermen but not to other boats. On July 25, Irish vessels were instructed to cease fishing by a Closure Order than came into effect at noon.

FLAGs 2018 Jenny OHalloran 2

State aid to support coastal projects

Over one hundred coastal-based projects are to receive €1.5m in state and EU funding, supporting total investment of €2.4m. 

 FLAGs 2018 Jenny OHalloran 2"I am delighted to announce that an additional 106 grants worth €1.5m have been awarded to our seven FLAG groups, bringing total FLAG grant offers in 2018 to €3.1m. 

Jenny O'Halloran, Bláth Na Mara - a seaweed harvesting business on Inis Mór, Co Galway - one of 247 FLAG coastal projects that applied from FLAG funding this year. Jenny features in a new BIM video campaign to raise awareness of the FLAG initiative

2018 inshore strategy

Inshore fisheries strategy to reflect stakeholder input

A seven-week public consultation proposed by the National Inshore Fisheries Forum is underway and will feed into a strategy for Ireland's inshore fisheries sector until 2023.

2018 inshore strategy

Marine Minister Michael Creed (2nd left) is joined by Jim O'Toole BIM chief executive, Trudy McIntyre, RIFF (SE) and Kieran Calnan, BIM chairman at the launch of the Inshore Fisheries Strategy public consultation 

Established in 2014, the NIFF and six regional groups (RIFFs) support initiatives that seek to cultivate 'a more sustainable, profitable and well-managed inshore fisheries sector'.

Seafest threatre Song of the Sea

Brexit process stalls due to UK failure to grasp complexities

"In the context of fisheries it is astounding that such uncertainty remains at this late stage of Brexit given that the consequences will be worse for Ireland than any other EU member," Lorcán Ó Cinnéide (IFPEA) has told Inshore Ireland.…
Joey Murrin

Tributes paid to the 'recognisable face' of Ireland's fishing industry

Chief executive of the Killybegs Fishermen's Organisation has paid tribute to his predecessor, describing the late Joey Murrin as "a man who had an inate and forensic knowledge of the fishing industry" and an ability to convey complex issues in simple understandable terms.

"Joey Murrin was a giant of the Irish fisheries sector," remarked Seán O'Donoghue.

Joey Murrin

Joey Murrin was a founding member of the KFO, serving as chief executive for over 20 years. During that time he left a legacy of fighting the corner of the sector on local, regional, national and European platforms. 

He also served as a board member and chairman of Ireland's Seafood Development Agency, BIM; as a board member of the Marine Institute as well as chairman of government committees and task forces.

2018 BIM strategy

New strategy for Ireland's billion euro seafood sector

A two-year strategy for Ireland's seafood sector to 2020 is underpinned by development objectives of Food Wise 2025 and sustainability objectives of the Common Fisheries Policy.

Enabling Sustainable Growth published by Ireland's seafood development agency, seeks to enhance the competitiveness of the sector to capitalise on increasing domestic and global demand for seafood. The approach adopted by BIM reflects the challenge of market uncertainty and places greater emphasis on product differentation, value creation and profitability.

2018 BIM strategy

Kieran Calnan, BIM chairman;  Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine and BIM chief executive at the launch of BIM's seafood strategy 2018-2020

Launching the strategy, marine minister Michael Creed said BIM was "well resourced" to assist the implementation of the CFP and to achieve the objectives of Food Wise 2025 through state and EU funding of €240m.

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Castletownbere quay project to double landing space

A 216m extension to the quay at Castletownbere - Ireland's premier whitefish port - is in response to overall landing activity that has grown from 19,030t in 2010 (€30m) to 30,522t (€99m) in 2017. Foreign vessel landings represent 370t…