BIM welcomes Report of the Seafood Industry Review Group Published: 29 January, 2007
BORD Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) has welcomed the Report of the Seafood Industry Review Group, which was launched by the Government, saying it provided a blueprint for the future of the industry.
Commenting after the launch of the report at Government Buildings today Ms Rose McHugh, Chairman of BIM said: the publication of this report marks a highly significant milestone in the development of the seafood industry in Ireland. In reaching its findings the Strategy Review Group chaired by Dr. Noel Cawley, with members Mr. Joey Murrin and Mr. Ruán O Bric engaged in extensive public consultation with the seafood industry, its representative organisations and other stakeholders. This approach has resulted in a comprehensive report which addresses the key issues facing the Irish seafood industry.
Ms McHugh stated that the vision put forward by the Group envisages the emergence of a re-structured, commercially focused, self-reliant industry with market forces driving success and founded on a well-managed fisheries resource and a healthy and diverse marine environment. This is a vision which all stakeholders should embrace and actively work towards.
In particular she welcomed the Governments endorsement of the reports key findings and recommendations and its commitment in the new National development Plan to provide the financial resources necessary for its implementation. BIM looks forward to working with the Department and the industry in giving effect to Strategy Ms McHugh said.
Ms McHugh concluded by expressing her gratitude to the Review Group and the various stakeholders and individual fishermen who contributed to the Report. The production of this report within a very short timescale is a tremendous achievement and all involved deserve our gratitude, Ms McHugh said. However, we should be aware that the Report also points to difficult and often painful decisions which must be taken in the coming years if the Irish seafood industry is to realise its potential. This will require all the various interests to work together in a constructive partnership and BIM will play its full role in that work.
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