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Fishing and Seafood Development Programme

Providing an evidence-based strategic view on long-term fishing port infrastructure investment for Northern Ireland

Project Description

The Fishing and Seafood Development Programme (FSDP) has been established to steer investments in fishing harbour infrastructure. Before embarking on significant capital infrastructure investment, the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) is carrying out a strategic programme of work to explore the challenges and opportunities facing the NI fishing and seafood sectors. This work will help to shape long term plans to develop the Northern Ireland fishing and seafood sectors, including its infrastructure and enable the sectors to realise their full potential.

Project Status

Stage 1 of the project, involving research and extensive consultation, provided some early recommendations for ministerial consideration in early 2020. Following a hiatus due to Covid-19, DAERA will consider progress with the second stage and supporting projects in the latter half of 2020.

SIB Involvement

SIB is providing a fisheries director seconded to DAERA to design the Fishing and Seafood Development Programme.


For further information contact:

Rod Cappell, SIB Fisheries Director via contact@sibni.org

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