The twelve members of the National Inshore Fisheries Forum are:
Eamon Dixon – Acting Chair, 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.
Vice NIFF Chair – Vacant
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.
John Menarry – North RIFF Representative
John has been fishing for 25+ years beginning his career fishing for salmon and then moving to offshore trawling. After completing his skippers ticket he started fishing inshore purchasing his own boat in 2007 and by 2009 was fishing full-time. He fishes for lobster, crab and shrimp and nets for pollack, turbot and crayfish. He possesses a good knowledge of legislation on all relevant marine issues both inshore and the wider marine sector through his work with NIFA/NIFO, local marine publications (Skipper and Marine Times) and is on mailing lists for marine spatial planning etc. John feels he is kept well informed of the issues and obstacles facing inshore fishers.
Paddy Gallagher – North RIFF Representative
Sector: Fisheries/Retired SFPA
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.
Edward Moore – 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 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 also previously a member of the Crab Species Advisory Group.
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.
Kieran Healy – SW RIFF Representative
Kieran fishes out of Crosshaven, Co. Cork and is the owner skipper of the MFV Susan Maria C219.
He has been fishing since 1978, apart from a four year period spent fishing out of San Pedro California (trolling for albacore and salmon and drift netting for Swordfish). He currently fishes pots, lines and nets targeting, lobster, shrimp, brown, crab, spider crab, Pollock, codling/cod, ling, ray and coley seasonally.
He has extensive experience of inshore fisheries and was a founder member of the Irish Lobster Association which was at the forefront of initiatives to introduce management and conservation for lobster and crayfish stocks.
Liz Goff – South East RIFF Representative and South East RIFF Chair
Cian Daniels – South East RIFF Representative, Joint South East RIFF Vice Chair
Kate Dempsey – South East RIFF Representative, Joint South East RIFF Vice Chair
Barry Faulkner – North East RIFF Representative and NIFF Representative on the Monitoring Committee for Seafood Development Programme 2014-2020 (EMFF)
NE RIFF Representative – Vacant