The members of the West Regional Inshore Fisheries Forum are:
Michael Ó Goill – Chair of the West RIFF
Representing Galway Island Fishermen
Michael is the nominee of the Galway Island Fishermen. He is involved in community and island issues and is chairman of Comharchumann Forbartha Árainn the community Co-operative in Inis Mór.
Bernard Whelan – Vice chair of the West RIFF
Representing Bivalve Fishermen
Bernard is from Clifden Co. Galway is involved in bivalve fishing. He is involved in the management of various clam fisheries and is keen to see structures set up for the management of bivalve fisheries.
Representing West Clare Fishermen
Ger is the Chair of the West Clare Lobstermen’s Association and is the fishermen’s representative on FLAG West. He was also the founder of the of the now defunct Irish Lobster Association and is involved in the national V-nothing scheme.
Representing Quilty Fishermen
Thomas is a fishermen from Quilty Co. Clare and is a member of the West Clare Lobstermen’s Association. He was a member of the National Lobster Species Advisory Group and is also involved in the national V-notching scheme.
Representing Galway Bay Inshore Fishermen
Frank is the nominee of the Galway Bay Inshore Fishermen’s Association. He has been a fishermen for over 30 years and is a former member of the National Salmon Commission. He was also a founder member of the now defunct Irish Lobster Association and is involved in the national v-nothing scheme.
Representing Lettermullen Fishermen
Padraig Barrett is an Inshore Fishermen operating out of Lettermullen co. Galway. He is the owner/skipper of the MFV Eala Ban G and a member of Coiste Cliomach Chonmara Theas and Comharchumann Sliogeisc Chonmara.
Representing Ballyconnely Fishermen
Pat has been fishing for 25 years. He is involved in the conservation of shellfish through the national v-notching scheme and other inshore fishing issues.
Michael is he nominee of the Irish Shellfish Association and is the aquaculture representative on the West RIFF. He is a mussel and oyster farmer in North Connemara and is a member of FLAG West.
Sector: Marine Tourism and Leisure – Charter boatss
Representing Charter vessels (Marine Toursim and Leisure)
Luke is the nominee of the Irish Charter Skippers Association and he operates the charter boat “Clare Dragoon” from Carrigaholt, Co. Clare He is a former fishermen who owned the gillnetter MFV “White Bank”.
Sector: Shellfish Buyers
Loic is the nominee of the Crustacean Management Committee. He is the Managing Director of Breizon Teo. based in Rossaveal, Co. Galway. Breizon Teo. is one of the largest buyers and exporters of shellfish in Ireland.
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Representing North Clare Fishermen
Michael was nominated by the West Clare Lobstermen’s Association. He is the owner/skipper of the MFV Prue Ester G573 and fishes for lobster, crab and gill nets for whole fish when the opportunity arises.