Northern Ireland Fishermen’s Safety Forum formed

13 February 2017

Fishing organisations in Northern Ireland have met with a wide range of agencies including Seafish, the MCA, RNLI, DAERA, the NI Fisheries harbour Authority and fishermen's training providers and agreed to form a new Northern Ireland Fishermen's Safety Forum (NIFSF).

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The aim of the new organisation is to highlight the importance of fishermen's health and safety and develop industry-led initiatives and projects that address the most significant causes of fishing-related loss of life and accidents amongst the Northern Irish fleet.
The Forum has issued the following statement: "The health and safety of fishermen is our paramount concern and our target is to achieve zero fishing-related deaths in Northern Ireland".

The NIFSF will review all available information and work in partnership to improve fishing safety across the Northern Ireland fleet both at sea and in and around fishing harbours.

The group will meet twice a year and the NIFSF Terms of Reference and meeting minutes will be made available online. More information can be found here.
 
Or for further information about the NIFSF please contact:

Dr Lynn Gilmore (Seafish Northern Ireland)
Email: lynn.gilmore@seafish.co.uk
Telephone: 07966585816