McIlveen shares desire for confident fishing industry

Ardglass Harbour Master John Smyth shows Fisheries Minister Michelle McIlveen some of the fresh catch landed at the harbour. Minister McIlveen was visiting the three fishing ports of Ardglass, Kilkeel and Portavogie to discuss issues facing the industry and hear plans for future development of the ports. The Minister also announced that the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) will open shortly, adding that she was fully aware of the benefits the fund can deliver to the local industry and wider fishing community.
Ardglass Harbour Master John Smyth shows Fisheries Minister Michelle McIlveen some of the fresh catch landed at the harbour. Minister McIlveen was visiting the three fishing ports of Ardglass, Kilkeel and Portavogie to discuss issues facing the industry and hear plans for future development of the ports. The Minister also announced that the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) will open shortly, adding that she was fully aware of the benefits the fund can deliver to the local industry and wider fishing community.
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Fisheries Minister, Michelle McIlveen has visited the three main County Down fishing ports to meet with key representatives and to discuss future support for the Northern Ireland fishing industry.

In Portavogie, Minister McIlveen met with members of the NI Fish Producers Organisation to discuss a range of issues impacting the local fleet before travelling to Ardglass Harbour, the third largest port, to meet with the NI Fishery Harbour Authority and view some of the recent DAERA supported investments as well as hearing about plans for future developments.

Fisheries Minister Michelle McIlveen visited Ardglass harbour to view DAERA supported investments and discuss plans for further development. The Minister also announced that the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) will open shortly, adding that she was fully aware of the benefits the fund can deliver to the local industry and wider fishing community. Pictured (left-right) are; John Smyth, Ardglass Harbour Master, Kevin Quigley, Chief Executive of NI Fisheries Harbour Association (NIFHA), Minister Michelle McIlveen and Terry Jarvis, Chair of NIFHA.

Fisheries Minister Michelle McIlveen visited Ardglass harbour to view DAERA supported investments and discuss plans for further development. The Minister also announced that the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) will open shortly, adding that she was fully aware of the benefits the fund can deliver to the local industry and wider fishing community. Pictured (left-right) are; John Smyth, Ardglass Harbour Master, Kevin Quigley, Chief Executive of NI Fisheries Harbour Association (NIFHA), Minister Michelle McIlveen and Terry Jarvis, Chair of NIFHA.

Minister McIlveen said: “I am delighted that my Department has been able to support significant infrastructural investments at Ardglass, Kilkeel and Portavogie harbours in recent years and has firm plans in place to continue to support port authorities to ensure facilities remain appropriate for the needs of the local fishing fleet and the complementary industries associated with it.

“It was very useful to meet with industry representatives to hear their views on a wide range of issues that impact our fishing community in these challenging and uncertain times. After our discussions, I am sure that we share the desire for a more confident industry that is prepared, and able, to invest in its future,” added Minister McIlveen.

At Kilkeel, the largest fishing port, Sea-Source (ANIFPO LTD) made a presentation to the Minister about the Kilkeel Strategic Partnership’s proposals for an ambitious development of the harbour.

The Minister also took the opportunity to visit Kilkeel Seafoods to see the UK’s largest scampi producing factory in operation.

Fisheries Minister Michelle McIlveen pictured with Alan McCulla of Sea-Source (ANIFPO LTD) as she takes a tour of Kilkeel Harbour and is updated on plans for future development of the harbour. The Minister also announced that the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) will open shortly, adding that she was fully aware of the benefits the fund can deliver to the local industry and wider fishing community.

Fisheries Minister Michelle McIlveen pictured with Alan McCulla of Sea-Source (ANIFPO LTD) as she takes a tour of Kilkeel Harbour and is updated on plans for future development of the harbour. The Minister also announced that the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) will open shortly, adding that she was fully aware of the benefits the fund can deliver to the local industry and wider fishing community.

She also announced that the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) will open shortly, adding that she was fully aware of the benefits the fund can deliver to the local industry and wider fishing community.

The Minister said: “I will be inviting applications for the £15.5million programme in September. My officials are already hosting a number of EMFF information events to promote the opportunities it provides and to demonstrate the new application system.”

Fisheries Minister Michelle McIlveen visited Milligan Cold Stores, Ardglass to view their new facilities, sponsored by DAERA. Minister McIlveen also visited the fishing ports of Kilkeel and Portavogie to discuss challenges and hear of future development plans. The Minister also announced that the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) will open shortly, adding that she was fully aware of the benefits the fund can deliver to the local industry and wider fishing community.

Fisheries Minister Michelle McIlveen visited Milligan Cold Stores, Ardglass to view their new facilities, sponsored by DAERA. Minister McIlveen also visited the fishing ports of Kilkeel and Portavogie to discuss challenges and hear of future development plans. The Minister also announced that the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) will open shortly, adding that she was fully aware of the benefits the fund can deliver to the local industry and wider fishing community.