Harry Wick has been appointed chair of the Seafish Northern Ireland Advisory Committee (SNIAC), taking up the role with immediate effect.

Harry Wick is the chief executive of the Northern Ireland Fish Producers’ Organisation, which represents the interests of around 140 vessel owners. He also co-chairs the Northern Ireland Fishermen’s Federation, and is a member of the United Kingdom Association of Fish Producer Organisations.

Prior to this, he was a Royal Naval officer, during which time he served in the Fishery Protection Squadron as a marine enforcement officer on behalf of the MMO.

The primary role of SNIAC is to ensure the effective delivery of Seafish services to benefit the seafood sector in Northern Ireland. The committee is made up of representatives of the Northern Irish industry.

Seafish CEO Marcus Coleman said: “We are very grateful to have Harry taking on the role of chair of the Seafish Northern Ireland Advisory Committee. We look forward to working with him and building on progress made through the SNIAC under the tenure of previous chair and Seafish board member Alison Austin OBE.

“The link between the Seafish board and the Northern Ireland Advisory Committee is an important one – it cements the understanding of the issues facing the industry in Northern Ireland at a UK level.”

Harry Wick said: “I’m delighted to accept the role as chair of the Seafish Northern Ireland Advisory Committee. Northern Ireland’s seafood industry punches well above its weight, and is at the forefront of some exciting and innovative projects.

“Seafish and SNIAC have a key role in enabling that enterprise, and I look forward to working with our Northern Ireland colleagues in continuing to promote our world-class seafood industry and seafood products.”

This story was taken from the latest issue of Fishing News. For more up-to-date and in-depth reports on the UK and Irish commercial fishing sector, subscribe to Fishing News here or buy the latest single issue for just £3.30 here.

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