Ireland’s fishing industry is to establish a forum to provide a discussion platform on key issues relating to operations and best practices, and for dissseminating information and resolving issues affecting their day to day work.

Promoting a positive image of the fishing industry to the general public is a also a key objective.

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Fisheries Forum will provide a platform for fishermen from all sectors: pelagic, polyvalent, inshore

The Forum will comprise representatives from the four Producer Organisations (KFO, IFPO, ISWFPO, ISEFPO); the inshore sector through the National Inshore Fishermen’s forum (NIFF) and from the wider fishing industry not represented by the POs or the NIFF.

The Forum will meet regularly to discuss issues agreed in advance; these issues will include technology developments; fishing vessel surveys; fisheries legislation, and business/financial planning.

BIM will provide technical and administrative support, and is seeking ‘expressions of interest’ to participate in the Forum. Members will rotate annually and those registering an interest but not selected in the first phase will remain on a list of potential future participants.

Expressions of interest should be sent to [email protected] (name, address, vessel name, home port and sector: pelagic, polyvalent, inshore). Closing date is FRIDAY APRIL 21.

The first meeting of the Fishermen’s Forum is provisionally scheduled for May 6 in Galway.