The 3 objectives of NIFPO are:

Representing fishermen

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

As a member you will also benefit from:


  • Free statutory training courses for your crew (sea survival, fire etc) saves £480 per person
  • Support for fishermen looking to undertake Skippers Tickets (living cost support whilst away up to £3k)
  • Loans to first time buyers to help you move from crew to vessel owner (up to £25k)
  • Use of NIFPO quota to supplement your monthly allocation
  • Use of pool quota for new members (helping new vessel owners get started)
  • Free vessel safety audit to comply with ILO188 (saving £1,200 – £1,500)
  • Free legal advice (subject to approval, can save thousands of pounds)
  • Business support services (assistance with official forms etc)
  • Grant application assistance
  • Member representation on quota management, migrant crew & vessel/crew safety issues
  • Access to “NIFPO Members” private Facebook group: give your opinion, direct open access to Harry Wick, NIFPO CEO
  • Regular NIFPO member meetings: social events + opportunities to have your say with other members and to the CEO/Board + access to meeting minutes on request.


You are legally required to have the following courses which we supply free of charge:

Sea Survival

Fire Fighting

First Aid

Basic Health & Safety

Safety Awareness


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.


1 Coastguard Cottages,
Co Down
BT22 1EA


Tel: 028 427 71946/71954
Fax: 028 427 71696
E-Mail: info@nifpo.co.uk