North RIFF Vacancies to be filled

The North RIFF is filling vacancies that have arisen from members that have stepped down and through the renewal process which is being undertaken by all RIFFs.

The North RIFF has recently reviewed and agreed on the geographical profile of Donegal using the DAFM fleet register 08.08.2019, on the 17th September, in the Radisson Blu, Letterkenny. Please see Figure 1 in the link here showing a map of the geographical profile.

Area Geographical profile Main focus fishery Seats to be filled
1 Tullaghan border to Dunkineely Crustaceans – Lobster, crab, prawn, whelk 1
Pelagic – Herring, sprat, mackerel 1
2 Bruckless to Killybegs Crustaceans – Lobster, crab, prawn, whelk Donal Haughey*
3 Kilcar to Ardara Crustaceans – Lobster, crab, prawn, whelk 1
4 Rossbeg to Burtonport Crustaceans – Lobster, crab, prawn, whelk Gerald Breslin*
5 Kincasslagh to Letterkenny Crustaceans – Lobster, crab, prawn, whelk 1
6 Inch Island to Lifford Crustaceans – Lobster, crab, prawn, whelk Eddie Kelly*

*Area seat currently not up for renewal.

Using the Fleet register of 08.08.2019 all vessel owners in the respective regions have been written to detailing the area in which a replacement is required.  Applications are invited from people who are interested in representing their area and the fishers in it.  Applications must be made on the formal application form and returned to the RIFF secretariat before the date specified on the letter (11th of October, 2019).

Once the applications are received, the RIFF secretariat will write to all registered vessel owners to inform them of those offering to represent them and how they propose to communicate the work of the RIFF with fishers.  A mandate form will also be provided to allow them to indicate their preferred candidate. In order to be successful a candidate must have 66% or majority of the fleet register mandate to gain the seat on the SW RIFF.

For those who are interested in representing the fishers in their area they will need to demonstrate the following:

  • their ability to represent the views of the inshore sector,
  • their knowledge of inshore fisheries, fish stocks, and fishing methods,
  • their knowledge of relevant environmental legislation and
  • their capacity to engage on fisheries and environmental management issues.

In appointing fisheries RIFF members, each RIFF must strive to make the membership representative of the RIFF’s region’s geographical coverage and the characteristics of the region’s inshore fleet and fisheries.

For more information on the Inshore Forums Code of Business Conduct please see link here and Terms of Reference please see link here

If you would like to apply for one of the above positions or are require more information, please email or ring Frances O’Dwyer on 087 9197311 or 074 9732603