The members of the North East Fisheries Forum are:
Richard Guildea – Chair of the North East RIFF
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 – Vice Chair of the North East RIFF
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.
Martin has 14 years experience in the fisheries sector initially in inshore potting and more recently in the Razor fishery. Martin currently is the owner/skipper in partnership of three vessels which are active in the Razor fisheries sentinel programme. Martin is also a member of the Razor Fishermen’s Association.
Peter has ten years experience in the fisheries sector mainly focused on the razor clam fishery. Peter currently is an owner/skipper in partnership of three vessels which are active in the sentinel programme. Peter is also a member o the Razor Fishermans’s Association.
Seamus has a fishing career spanning more than 40 years targeting prawns, bivalves and potting and in the last 5 years or so cockles and razors. Seamus is a member of the Razor Fishermen’s Association and the Dundalk Cockle Local Advisory Committee.
Andrew has been a professional fisherman for the last 20 years and his family is heavily involved in the sector. Andrew is a member of the Razor Fisherman’s Association and the Dundalk Cockle Local Advisory Committee.
Ronan hails from an extensive fishing family and has experience in both potting and more recently in the Razor Fishery. He is a member of the NE FLAG and the Razor Fishermen’s Association.
Ciaran is a professional inshore potting fisherman with a career spanning at least 20 years. He initially fished with his father when he was younger and now fishes his own vessel mainly for crab and lobster. Ciaran is a member o the NE FLAG.
Alan is a professional inshore potting fisherman with a carer spanning at least 25 years. He hails form a third generation fishing family and is a member of the Irish South & East Fish Producers Organisation.
Johnny is a member of the Irish Sea Sanctuary which is a member of the Irish Environmental Network. He is also an Environmental NGO representative on the North West Waters Advisory Counci and is a lifelong sea angler.
Sector: Marine Tourism
Eoin represents the marine tourism stakeholders. He owns Skerries Sea Tours, which is Fully insured and caries the required P3 license from the Department of Transport. Eoin runs passenger trips to Rockabll Lighthouse and Lambay Island. He is a volunteer crewman and his local RNLI and is a marine electrician and knows a significant amount of the Razor vessels through his work.
Aoife has 20 years experience in the seafood sector and is heavily involved in Visit Howth Peninsula Ltd. and is chair o the Dublin Bay Prawn Festival that underpins her role as the representative of marine leisure stakeholders. Aoife has contacts with private operators involved in scuba and sailing such as the Howth Yacht Club, Howth Sailing & Boating Club, Sutton Dinghy club an the Sea Scouts.