NEW STRATEGY FOR THE IRISH INSHORE FISHERIES SECTOR
The Irish Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., has been presented by the Chair of the National Inshore Fisheries Forum with the new Strategy for the Irish Inshore Fisheries Sector 2019-2023, which is the first industry-led blueprint for the Inshore Sector.
The development of the Strategy was co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Union under Ireland’s European Maritime and Fisheries Fund Operational Programme.
The Strategy presented follows an extensive development process involving the National and Regional Inshore Fisheries Forums which have been instrumental in supporting initiatives that seek to encourage a more sustainable, profitable and well-managed inshore fisheries sector. An inclusive approach was taken to identifying key issues and priorities for the sector, including a Steering Group with industry and State partners, a dedicated workshop and public consultation.
Welcoming the Strategy, Minister Creed commented: “I am delighted to receive the ‘Strategy for the Inshore Fisheries Sector 2019-2023’. The Strategy marks a major milestone in the work of the Inshore Fisheries Forums who, since their inception, have developed initiatives seeking to protect the future of a sector which is extremely important for Irish coastal communities. I would like to thank the Forums for their support in the development of the Strategy and I look forward to seeing the outcomes it achieves.”
The Strategy sets a number of objectives that will frame the work of the Inshore Forum as industry representatives and Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) as the development agency, providing a clear direction for the development of the inshore sector over the next number of years. BIM will lead the implementation plan, in partnership with the National Inshore Fisheries Forum, to deliver the actions to underpin a sustainable future for the sector. The strategy will target financial support available under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund to where it can be most effectively used.