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KFO appeal the rejection of SAC objection and highlight lack of scientific evidence for North-west Irish Sea SPA

The long running issues concerning the National Parks and Wildlife Service’s (NPWS) unilateral approach to designating Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) and Special Protection Areas (SPAs) came to light again recently with the rejection of the KFO’s objection to the proposed delineation of the Porcupine Shelf and Southern Canyons SACs. The KFO has been informed […]

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Fisheries Council outcome acceptable to Ireland but much more left to do

Additional mackerel secured as KFO CEO gives guarded welcome to conclusion of talks The CEO of the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation, Seán O’Donoghue has given a guarded welcome to the Fisheries Council talks which have concluded in Brussels this morning (Tuesday). Mr O’Donoghue said he was pleased that the talks had regained some of their raison […]

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Fisheries Council regains some decision-making clout

Unlike previous years, negotiators likely to reach final decisions for 2024 on key stocks for Irish fishermen The CEO of the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation has expressed hope that final decisions can be reached around 2024 TACs (Total Allowable Catches) and quotas at this year’s Fisheries Council negotiations unlike what has happened over the last three […]

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KFO announces new CEO

BIM executive, Dominic Rihan appointed to helm of Ireland’s largest fish producer organisation  The chairman of the board of the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation has announced that Bord Iascaigh Mhara Director of Economic and Strategic Services, Dominic Rihan has been appointed as its new CEO. Ciarán Doherty said that the KFO was extremely pleased to have […]

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NPWS approach to designating new conservation areas lacks scientific integrity

Lack of consultation is a further slap in the face for fishermen says KFO Three new proposed marine conservation areas which have been foisted upon fishermen and other stakeholders in the last ten months represent a new low with absolutely zero meaningful stakeholder engagement. That’s according to the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation CEO, Seán O’Donoghue who […]

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Fishermen welcome funding to mitigate impact of Brexit

Monies very timely for a sector hammered by Brexit, says KFO The Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation has welcomed the announcement of a fund established to compensate fishermen from the grim consequences which Brexit has had on their businesses.   Commenting following Minister Charlie McConalogue’s announcement, KFO CEO, Seán O’Donoghue said: “We welcome today’s announcement – the […]

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Fisheries’ low carbon footprint a resounding endorsement for industry

KFO says report findings are being improved on by members through ongoing collaboration with BIM Killybegs Chief Scientific and Sustainability Officer, Dr Edward Farrell has said ongoing efforts by fishermen to reduce their environmental impact, increase their efficiency and contribute to scientific data collection is continuing to enhance the sustainability credentials of seafood. A report […]

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Seafood industry unite around sustainable development of offshore renewable energy

Representatives of Ireland’s seafood industry have come together to propose a comprehensive road map for the selection and management of sites for offshore wind in Ireland’s maritime zone. In a joint submission to the Minister for the Environment, Eamon Ryan, the Seafood Industry Group warn that alternative forms of sustainable energy, including Offshore Renewable Energy […]

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KFO Chief Executive to leave position at year end

Seán O’Donoghue to step down after 23 years at the helm The chairman of the board of the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation has announced that long-serving CEO, Seán O’Donoghue is to retire at the end of the year after more than two decades of tireless and unparalleled service to the industry. Ciarán Doherty said that Seán […]

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Noel McGing RIP

Today marks a sad day for the KFO, Killybegs and the Irish fishing industry with the passing of Noel McGing. The KFO staff, board and members wish to express their deepest sympathy and send sincere condolences to Noel’s wife Maire, his sons Garry, Marty and John, daughters Olga and Mairead and all his family. Noel […]

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