Committees NIFF is represented on

Whitefish Quota Management Advisory Committee  

Number of NIFF representatives: 1 + 1 observer

Frequency: Meets monthly

Purpose: A key objective of whitefish quota management is the avoidance of very early closure of fisheries through rapid exhaustion of quota. Consultation is carried out each month at the Whitefish Quota Management Advisory Committee involving representatives of the industry, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the Sea Fisheries Protection Agency. The purpose to the QMAC is to recommend to the Minister monthly quota allocations having regard to fishing patterns and market conditions, the best possible spread both between fishermen and also in terms of take up of quota during the year.

 

Monitoring Committee for Seafood Development Programme 2014-2020 (EMFF)

Number of NIFF representatives: 2

Frequency: Meets twice per year but may meet more frequently in its first year as schemes are rolled out.

Purpose: The Monitoring Committee for the Programme is an oversight committee mandated by EU regulations. Its general purpose is to bring stakeholder knowledge to the implementation of the Programme, and monitor the progress of the Programme’s implementation. The Committee is charged with approving selection criteria (eligibility rules and selection procedures) for each measure under the Programme, approving the Annual Implementation Report and approving any modifications to the Programme.

 

Celtic Sea Herring Management Advisory Committee (CSHMAC)

Number of NIFF representatives: 2

Frequency: The Committee meets at relevant intervals during the year to discuss issues of concern to the fishery.

Purpose:  The primary purpose of the CSHMAC is to provide advise in relation to the management of the Celtic Sea Herring Stock and Fishery of the South West Coast of Ireland. It is a Ministerially appointed committee which has its origins in the South West Pelagic group and was given formal recognition by the then Minister in 2005. The CSHMAC is comprised of representatives from the Four Fish producer organisations together with representatives from the Fish Co-ops and Processors. In January 2016 Minister Coveney appointed two NIFF members to sit on the committee. There are a number of appointed experts to the Committee from the Marine Institute, Sea Fisheries Protection Authority and the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group. The committee meets at regular intervals during the year to discuss issues of concern to the fishery such as scientific advice regarding the state of he stock and also proposals to future management arrangements.

 

The Sea Fisheries Protection Consultative Committee

Number of NIFF representatives: 1

Frequency: The Committee meets at relevant intervals during the year.

Purpose: The Sea Fisheries Protection Consultative Committee is an advisory body appointed by the Minister, and comprises 14 members from the Irish Marine Community with the following functions:

1. To inform the SFPA of concerns and views of the sea-fisheries and seafood sectors regarding the functions of the SFPA.

2. To seek to keep the sea-fisheries and seafood sectors generally informed of the applicable sea-fisheries law and food safety la, as well as standards, guidelines, practices and procedures operated by the SFPA.

3. To advise the SFPA on keeping the burden on the sea-fisheries and seafood sectors generally of compliance with that law to the minimum possible consistent with the essential purposes and effective enforcement of the law.

4. To advise the SFPA of its views on the fairness and consistency of the operations of the SFPA.

5. To seek delivery of a high standard of service by the SFPA.

6. The Consultative Committee shall have no unction in relation to detailed operational matters or individual cases or groups of cases with which the SFPA is or may be concerned.

7. The Minister or the SFPA may consult the Consultative Committee on any maters arising in relation to the functions of the SFPA.

 

Irish Fisheries Science Research Partnership

Number of NIFF representatives: 1

Frequency: IFSRP meets on a regular basis throughout the year.

Purpose: This group established by the Minister in 2008 is made up of fishing industry representatives and scientists from both the Marine Institute and Bord Iascaigh Mhara who meet on a regular basis throughout the year to discuss scientific work programmes and priorities .

 

BIM/Bord Bia Market Advisory Group

Number of NIFF representatives: 1

Frequency: The group meets on a regular basis throughout the year.

Purpose: This group has been set up by BIM and Bord Bia as a step to inplement two of the key receommendation from FOOD Wise 2025 which are:

  • To adapt and enhance the existing independent third party verified standards to facilitate measurement of environmental credentials of the seafood sector; and
  • To prioritise the bringing of fishermen under Bord Bia’s Origin Green programme using BIM’s responsible fishing standards and other environmental programmes as an entry point

This group is made up of active practitioners from the seafood sector including fishermen, Co-ops, processors and exporters with representation and input from NGOs crucial in addressing sustainability issues.

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