Sustainable Fisheries

This fishing industry is an important aspect of Northern Ireland culture and economy. To ensure its success and to protect fish stocks as well as the wider environment, it must be truly sustainable.

NIMTF and The Northern Ireland Fishermen’s Federation (NIFF), have been building a positive relationship, regularly communicating on the challenges & opportunities our marine environment and fisheries face.

Members of NIMTF and NIFF meeting at Kilkeel harbour (Image: ANIFPO)

Joint Fisheries Statement

NIFF and NIMTF issued a joint letter to welcome the Joint Fisheries Statement (JFS) as a positive step towards economic and environmental sustainability.

You can read this response here: Joint NIFF NIMTF response to the consultation on the JFS.

An ecosystem-based approach

An ecosystem-based approach to fisheries management must be applied whereby healthy ecosystems level components and processes are recognized as vital for good stock management, and are used to inform decision making. To aid this process, all fishing activity must be fully documented, monitored and integrated with other marine planning and conservation measures at sea.

NIMTF want to see:

  • An ecosystem-based approach to fisheries management being applied in NI, in agreement with the latest scientific advice.
  • Effective legislation and implementation procedures in place in NI to enable sustainable and climate friendly fishing.