Northern Ireland

  • Northern Ireland industry seeks early meeting with new minister

    Northern Ireland industry seeks early meeting with new minister

    14th February 2024

    After two years of political limbo, the restoration of the devolved government in Northern Ireland has been widely welcomed. The walkout by the Democratic Unionist Party from the power-sharing agreement, in protest at post- Brexit trading arrangements for Northern Ireland,…

  • Northern Ireland welcomes first skilled worker visa crew

    Northern Ireland welcomes first skilled worker visa crew

    2nd November 2023

    The first two international crew armed with skilled worker visas arrived for work on Northern Ireland vessels last week, after a series of initiatives by the Northern Ireland FPO (NIFPO). Lawrance Prince has restarted work this week aboard the Golden…

  • Inshore herring fishery finally underway in Northern Ireland

    Inshore herring fishery finally underway in Northern Ireland

    19th October 2023

    The Northern Irish authorities finally released the herring quota received as part of the Brexit TCA shortly after FN went to press last week, allowing inshore drift-netters and smaller trawlers on the Mourne coast to access the traditional fishery. The…

  • Border Force raids Northern Ireland prawn vessels

    Border Force raids Northern Ireland prawn vessels

    2nd August 2023

    Three Northern Ireland boats targeted in ‘zero tolerance’ clampdown on employment visas A well-planned operation by a large team of Border Force officers descended on three vessels in Ardglass on 21 July. One eyewitness to the raid said it was…

  • Safety events for Northern Irish fishers

    Safety events for Northern Irish fishers

    29th November 2022

    A series of safety events aimed at all those working on commercial fishing vessels are taking place across Northern Ireland in December, reports Paul Scott. The safety roadshows, which follow on from the success of last year’s events, will focus…

  • Further protection for NI crab welcomed by industry

    Further protection for NI crab welcomed by industry

    10th October 2022

    Northern Irish fishermen welcomed an announcement from DAERA last week confirming a ban on landing soft-shell brown crab. The initial moves for new legislation came from the Northern Ireland Fishermen’s Federation in 2020, part of wider requests from the industry…

  • Northern Ireland crewing: ‘We need time to develop alternatives’

    Northern Ireland crewing: ‘We need time to develop alternatives’

    20th September 2022

    Northern Ireland industry leader Harry Wick has claimed that over-zealous interpretation of visa regulations risks are causing hardship to all parts of the fishing sector, reports Andy Read. A new move by the Northern Ireland FPO and the Scottish White…

  • Immersive MOB training for NI fishermen

    Immersive MOB training for NI fishermen

    23rd February 2022

    In February, 38 Northern Irish fishermen took part in Man-Overboard (MOB) Awareness and Recovery training at the National Maritime College of Ireland in Ringaskiddy, Co Cork. This free training, funded by the Trinity House Maritime Charity, is part of the…

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