The members of the North Regional Inshore Fisheries Forum are:
Jerry Gallagher – Chair of North RIFF
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 North West Shellfish with the sole aim to produce scallops. He is the chair of the Irish Shellfish Association for the past 4 years and is the chair of the North FLAG.
Jerry Early – Vice Chair of North RIFF
Ger has been fishing for many years and has been involved in numerous fisheries. He is a former manager of Burtonport Fishermen’s Co-op. More recently he has been operating his own fish buying company Inish Mil Ltd. Ger has been involved in earlier efforts to introduce fisheries management for the inshore sector by his involvement in the crab species advisory group.
Sector: Producers Organisation
Norah has an MSc in Pathology. She has extensive experience with 2 years bivalve farming with Beirtreach Teo. in Belmullet Co. Mayo; 3 years running her own oyster farm in Sheephaven Bay; 10 years involved in the family shellfish business (live transport, live holding, crab processing, buying and selling);10 years in the role of crab coordinator with Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation and more recently as Network Coordinator ACRUNET Brown Crab project. Norah has been involved in earlier efforts to introduce fisheries management or the inshore sector by her involvement in the crab species advisory group.
Dermot has a long history in the public and community sectors. He is a retired District Conservation Officer with the National Parks and Wildlife Service. He is chair of Wild Inishowen and a member of other conservation groups. He has many years experience with the fishing community through cetacean and other wildlife surveys.
Adrian is an inshore fishermen for the past 25 years. He primarily fishes or lobster an crab. He gillnets and trawls occasionally and during the winter he fishes for herring in the NW herring fishery from a 38ft steel trawler from Teelin Harbour in SW Donegal. Adrian has been involved in earlier efforts to introduce fisheries management for the inshore sector through his involvement in the lobster species advisory group.
Donal is a skipper/owner of an under 10 metre fishing vessel . His fishing activities include trawling and pelagic fishing and he is interested in the sustainable management of inshore areas. Donal also fishes on a large pelagic vessel, as the inshore vessel he fishes from is not feasible as a full time operation.
Sector: Fishing Co-operative