Responsible Sustainable Fishing
The 3 pillars of NIFPO are:
Your opinion will be sought and your voice will be heard at the highest level
Supporting fishing communities
We help your families and the towns and villages you live in
Safeguarding the future
We will ensure there is a fishing industry for your grandchildren to inherit
In the whole scheme of things when looking at the planet as a whole, we are a tiny fleet fishing in a very small patch of water. Despite our size we punch above our weight delivering a world class catch that is served on plates around the world. If we deplete those precious stocks, pollute the sea and act irresponsibly then there will be nothing left to pass onto our children and our grandchildren.
We recognise that we are the piscatorial custodians of this tiny patch of the planet, handed on to us from our ancestors, which we will pass on to future generations. It is our job, therefore, to pass it on in a better state than we inherited it.
But it’s not just the fish stocks and the environment we’re passing on, it’s a mindset and attitude that our children and grandchildren observe and ultimately copy. If our fishermen throw rubbish into the sea from their boats, leave fuel leaks unfixed, flout the rules and show a general disregard for the environment … those practices will be copied.
This is why we are proud to represent a fleet of fishermen who care, have pride and who intend to pass on to the next generation both a sustainable catch found in a clean environment, as well at the right ethos and attitudes to suit the modern era.
In 2019 we launched our SAFEGUARD OUR FUTURE | #supportNIfishing campaign to demonstrate our long term commitment to responsible and sustainable fishing, the only way, we believe, to safeguard the future of Northern Irish fishing. If you would like to join the campaign or find out more, please get in touch.
SUPPORTING FISHING COMMUNITIES
SAFEGUARDING THE FUTURE
SAFEGUARD OUR FUTURE |#supportNIfishing
1. ENGAGE THE NEXT GENERATIONS
Educate our children about their fishing heritage, engage them in the fishing sector, create attractive pipelines into fishing.
2. STOP THE OVERSEAS DRAIN OF NI LICENSES & FISHING OPPORTUNITY
Enable the next generation to buy license and quoata from uor own retiring fishermen ensuring NI fishing capacity stays in Northern Ireland
3. CREATE A DEMAND FOR OUR WORLD CLASS SEAFOOD
Differentiate our produce from the rest of the UK & Ireland, ensure it is sold for high-end prices as quality produce
4. CONTINUE ENSURING THERE ARE STOCKS TO FISH FOR THE FUTURE
Ongoing engagement of NI fishermen in sustainable fishing techniques to safeguard future stocks, holding ourselves to the high standards that our customers expect
5. GROW A FEELING OF COMMUNITY OWNERSHIP & PRIDE
Locals will only want to save what they value and feel worth saving. Develop community collaboration and co-operation.
“If we deplete our fish stocks, lose licenses & quotas overseas, lack commercial interest in our produce and our kids don’t want to go into fishing then our future is bleak. This is why we need Government, business & the public to #supportNIfishing.”
Harry Wick, CEO, NIFPO
Representing the majority of the Northern Irish fishing fleet with members in every harbour, NIFPO is the custodian of an historic fishing industry in Northern Ireland.
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Tel: 028 427 71946/71954
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