The twelve members of the National Inshore Fisheries Forum are:
Alex Crowley – Chair of NIFF, SW RIFF representative and NIFF Representative on the Monitoring Committee for Seafood Development Programme (EMFF).
Alex a native of Cahersiveen Co Kerry and is the Owner-Skipper of MFV Emma Lou T450. He gained a range of experience working abroad a variety of vessels in the South West working his way from deck hand to Chief Engineer. After this Alex took the plunge and bought his first vessel MFV Sweetwaters T450 which he fished from Cahersiveen until he upgraded to MFV Emma Lou in 2007. He fishes a range of inshore species including: potting for brown crab, lobster, and spider crab; gillnetting, trammel netting and tangle netting for crayfish.
Alex has been involved in both the Iveragh Fisherman’s Co-op and the Valentia Harbour Fisheries Society since he began fishing from Cahersiveen. He has extensive experience serving on both boards of management and is currently honorary secretary of Iveragh Fisherman’s co-op . He was appointed as a representative of the inshore sector to the Working Group on Safety Training and Employment in the Irish Fishing Industry by Minister Coveney.
Eddie Moore – Vice Chair of NIFF and SW RIFF representative
Edward is a native of Dingle, Co. Kerry and Owner-Skipper of the MFV Misty Dawn T539. He has been fishing for the last 35 years having started his career on the family’s fishing vessels MFV Bridget T29 and MFV Purple Harvest before buying his first vessel MFV Noreen Bawn WT105 in 1986. He fishes a range of inshore species including: potting for brown crab, lobster, and spider crab; dredging for Scallop; gillnetting, trammel netting and tangle netting for whitefish and crayfish.
He has been actively representing the interests of inshore fishermen locally and nationally through his role as a founding member of Comharchumainn Gleamaigh Chorca Dhuibhne when it existed and the Chumainn Gleamaigh Chorca Dhuibhne since 2008. He was previously a member of the Crab Species Advisory Group as part of the National Shellfish Management Framework .
Jerry Gallagher – North RIFF representative
Jerry was involved in commercial fishing for 20 years which included potting, trawling, gill netting, drift netting and charter angling. He formed a family company in 1992 called Northwest Shellfish with the sole aim to produce scallops. He is chair of the Irish Shellfish Association for the past 4 years and is the chair of the North FLAG.
Jerry Early – North RIFF representative
Sector: Fisheries/Island representative
Jerry is a native of Aranmore Island, Co. Donegal and Owner-Skipper of the MFV Naom Anna, SO201. He has been involved in the fishing industry for 35 years both as a fisherman and also as a representative for fishermen. He fishes for a range of inshore species. Jerry is also the Chair of the Donegal Islands Marine Resource Organisation (DIMRO) and the Chair of the newly formed Irish Islands Network Organisation.
Eamon Dixon – North West RIFF representative
Eamon is a native of Belmullet Co. Mayo and is the Owner-Skipper of the MFV Padro Pio, G117 operating from Ballyglass, Co. Mayo. He has been involved in fishing for over 20 years and he fishes for a range of inshore species including brown crab and lobster and line caught mackeral and pollock. Eamon is a founder member and present secretary of Cumann Iascairi Chos Costa Iorrais. He represents the inshore fisheries sector on the SFPA Shellfish Consultative Committee and he is also on the board of Responsible Irish Fish. He has been a long time campaigner on fishing related issues both nationally and locally.
Caden O’Donnell – North West RIFF representative
Caden skippers the fishing vessel “Ocean Quest”, WT355P. Caden fishes from Porturlin and at times from Mullaghmore for lobster and brown crab. Caden also acts as a shellfish buyer and agent for the export of shellfish. He is from a very strong fishing family in Erris, Co. Mayo.
Michael O Goill – West RIFF representative
Michael is a native of Inis Mór, Aran Islands, Co. Galway and was the nominee of he Galway Island Fishermen onto the West RIFF. Michael is involved in community and island issues and is the chairman of Comharchumann Forbartha Árainn, the community cooperative in Inis Mór.
Bernard Whelan – West RIFF representative
Bernard is a native of Clifden, Co. Galway and is involved in bivalve fishing. He is also involved in the management of various clam fisheries and is keen to see structures set up for the management of bivalve fisheries.
Trudy McIntyre – South East representative and NIFF Representative on the Quota Management Committee
Trudy is from a fishing family and completed her deckhand course in 1998 with BIM. She has experience fishing on trawlers, seiners, gill netters and pot vessels. She has participated in BIM fishing trials. She is the NIFF representative on the Quota Management Committee which she participates in on a monthly basis. Trudy was the previous chair of the Dunmore East Community Fisheries Local Action Group.
Charlie Featherstone – South East representative
Charlie owns the fishing vessel “Fran Leon III”, WD255. He is involved in fishing for whelk using pots. He also pot fishes for lobster and crab, trawls for whitefish and squid and dredges for scallop. Charlie has participated and attended many meetings concerning fisheries management over the years.
Richard Guildea – North East RIFF representative and NIFF Representative on the Monitoring Committee for Seafood Development Programme 2014-2020 (EMFF)
Richard is from a fishing family going back at least five generations based in Balbriggan, Co. Dublin. He started fishing with his father on small inshore fishing trawlers in the mid nineties. In 2000 at the age of nineteen he gained the Second Hand Full Certificate in Competency at the National Fisheries College, Greencastle. He then spent a number of years as a deckhand, engineer and skipper of vessels targeting whitefish/prawns all around the coast of Ireland. Richard purchased his first vessel the MFV Sunset Guide in 2005 to fish for razor clams and cockles and in 2008 he purchased his second vessel the MFV Solan which mainly targets razors, prawns and scallops in the North Irish Sea. Richard represents NIFF on the Monitoring Committee for Seafood Development Programme and also on the northeast razor clam association committee.
Juan Blanes – North East RIFF representative
Juan is the sales and marketing manager for Glenmar Shellfish with extensive experience in European and emerging markets. He currently handles the landings of 40 vessels on the east coast across all the range of inshore shellfish. Juan is the vice chair of the NE RIFF.