Pauric Gallagher

The lack of consultation with West Cork inshore fishermen on a proposed draft management plan to manage activities within the Roaringwater Bay area could seriously affect up to 100 families, and the entire local community.

 Roaringwater Bay. Photo Gillian Mills

Roaringwater Bay                                                                                                      Photo Gillian Mills

Roaringwater Bay is a designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and during 2011 and 2012, the Irish South and West Fish Producers Organisation (ISWFPO) and its members actively engaged with BIM and the Marine Institute in relation to its designation and assisted by providing data to draft a Fisheries Natura Plan for the area.

This collaboration process was halted during 2012 following an intervention from National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and there has been no direct interaction with either fishermen or representative organisations since.