Thursday, 1 April 2021
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
Fish Producer Organisations
391. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if his attention has been drawn to the establishment of a new independent organisation (details supplied); if this organisation will be included in future rounds of consultation that he holds with the industry; and if it will be invited to participate in the work of the seafood task force. [17840/21]
I am aware of the organisation referred to by the Deputy.
There is already a significant number of fisher's organisations representing the interests of the fishing fleet, namely, the National Inshore Fisheries Forum (NIFF) and the five Producer Organisations (Killybegs Fishermen's Organisation, Irish South & West Fish Producer's Organisation, Irish South & East Fish Producer's Organisation, Irish Fish Producer's Organisation and the Irish Islands Marine Resource Organisation).
Therefore, I would urge industry to work within the recognised bodies of the Producer Organisations and the NIFF at the Task Force and other relevant representative consultative groups to ensure that it has a coherent and clear voice, particularly during this challenging period for the fleet.