Membership

The members of the North East Regional Inshore Fisheries Forum are:

Barry Faulkner – Chair of the North East RIFF

Sector: Fisheries

Juan Blanes – Vice Chair of the North East RIFF

Juan's photo

Sector: Processing

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 Hoey

Sector: Fisheries

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 Callaghan

Sector: Fisheries

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 Kirk

Sector: Fisheries

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 Carney

Sector: Fisheries

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 Faulker

Sector: Fisheries

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 Gallagher

Sector: Fisheries

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 Fanning

Sector: Fisheries

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 Woodlock

Sector: Environment

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.

Eoin Grimes

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 Healy

Sector: Leisure

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.

 Contact North East RIFF Secretary