Gillian Mills - Committee Chair
2005 to present: Co-founder and director of Inshore Ireland Publishing Limited (IIPL) and editor of Inshore Ireland, a bi-monthly marine, maritime, seafood and freshwater publication covering the island of Ireland. IIPL provides research, compilation, editing and production of articles, reports and publications specialising in but not exclusively, the above sectors.
2010: Editorial production, Aquaculture Ireland Yearbook (2010)
2007: Editorial production: World Seafood Congress, The Rising Tide – A Review of the Bottom Grown (BG) Mussel Sector on the island of Ireland
2005: Editorial production: The Herring Fisheries of Ireland (1900-2005) by John Molloy
2004: Editorial production, The Irish Mackerel Fishery and the making of an industry by John Molloy
Interests include: sailing, hill-walking, cycling and gardening.
Irish Fish Processors and Exporters Association
Irish South & West Fish Producers Organisation (IS&WFPO)
Started Fishing in 1974, Purchased my first boat in 1977. I have owned and skippered a number of vessels since that date. Types of species fished for - Bottom Trawling, Seine Netting and pelagics.
Currently own and skipper 27 metre MFV Lovon, which we primarily fish for pelagics.
Former Director of IFO, IFPO, ISWPO & Union Hall Fishermans' Company.
Former Member of Baltimore and Skibbereen Harbour Board.
Currently a member of the crew of Baltimore RNLI.
Irish Fish Producers Organisation (IFPO)
Chairman of Federation of Irish Fishermen Jan 2013-December 2013
CEO Irish Fish Producer’s Organisation
Sea Fisheries Protection Authority 2007-2011
Inland Fisheries Ireland 1995-2007
MBA 2010, University of Limerick, MSc Ecology: Queens University Belfast 2006, BSc Environmental Science: University of Ulster 2005, Dip Field Ecology- UCC 1995
Business Strategy, Environmental Management, Marine and Freshwater Ecology, Corporate Social Responsibility, Stakeholder Engagement, Habitat utilisation of Juvenile Salmonids.
Author of: Corporate Social Responsibility and Shell in Ireland: A thin veneer
Co Author of teaching case study: Shell in Ireland: A community destroyed
Irish Fishermen's Organisation (IFO)
I began my fishing career at 18 years of age and have spent most of my working life at sea as a skipper. I am currently managing Sheehan’s Fishing Company, a marine supply store which also operates two fishing boats – Boy Jason and Conquest. I am also a shareholder in Ocean Reaper Ltd which operates two boats – Amadeus and Keriolet.
I was nominated Chairman of the Irish Fishermen’s Organisation in 2010 and my main priority would be to see Ireland’s whitefish fleet get a fairer deal on the quota share-out so that the industry can prosper for the next generation.
I am married to Sheila and we have three children; Jason, who is a skipper and shareholder in Sheehan’s Fishing Co, Rachel is a primary school teacher and Blayne, who is based in Holland working in the equestrian industry.
Outside of fishing I have interests in the equestrian industry.
Irish South & East Fish Producers Organisation (IS&EFPO)
Began fishing career in 1984 and came ashore in 1999 to concentrate on the shore-side of the fishing industry. David is a member of the Irish South & East Fish Producers Organisation (IS&EFPO) and the Irish Fishermen’s Organisation (IFO); is married and has three children.
Killybegs Fishermen's Organisation
Norah Parke works for the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation Ltd., primarily with the shellfish sector but coordinates the KFO participation in previous EU projects such as PROFET Policy. She was directly involved in the preparation of background policy documents, the organisation of two major workshops and the compilation of technical leaflets for the project.
More recently she has headed up KFO activity in the INTERREG Atlantic Area brown crab project ACRUNET which aims to develop a transnational industry-based network to promote all aspects of the brown crab industry – catching, quality and promotion.
Norah Parke studied Zoology in University College Cork and graduated with a Masters degree in fish pathology. She spent some time in the aquaculture sector followed by several years in the family seafood business, which specialised in live transport of brown crab and lobster, before joining KFO in 2005.
Inshore fishermen representative, Wexford Lobster Co-Operative
Born and reared in Belmullet, Co Mayo. Left Secondary School at 16 to attend the National Fishing Training College in Greencastle. After completing my training, I returned to fish locally. The main fishing at that time in the Erris area was Salmon, Crab and gill netting for Cod and Pollack. I gained invaluable experience as a crew-man on various vessels in Mayo. I progressed to purchasing my own vessel in 1995 (MFV Girl Deborah - 10m), with which I enjoyed five years of good fishing. In 2000, I subsequently purchased the MFV Padre Pio (11.98m), which I continue to own and skipper today.
During this time, we formed a local group called Erris Inshore Fishermen's Association (EIFA), where I served as an officer from the inception of the group to 2010. I began to take a more active role in wider fishing issues pertaining to our own local area and also related national fishing issues. Owing to the development of the fishing industry, the EIFA were obliged to address and adhere to much legislation relating to the fishing trade. I also became more interested in environmental issues leading to improved markets and increased prices for the produce of the inshore sector in our area. In 2011, I also became a founder member and Director of Responsible Irish Fish (RIF) a company formed to assist vessel owners achieve certification for their fish/shellfish, to develop a brand to allow Irish Fishermen differentiate their products in the market place and to promote Irish fish caught in a responsible manner.
My purpose on this Committee is to represent the interests of Erris and the wider inshore fishing sector.
Connemara Seafoods Ltd
Ann Marie is the General Manager of Connemara Seafoods Ltd. A business graduate Ann Marie has over 24 years operational management experience within the seafood industry and has extensive experience both from a primary processing and international sales perspective. Within her existing role she has full operational responsibility for Production, Quality Systems, Product Development and Organisational Development.
Catherine McManus holds an honours degree in Environmental Science and Technology and has worked in the fin fish aquaculture sector for over 25 years. Catherine is currently the Marine Harvest Ireland Technical Manager. Her responsibilities include food safety, quality, environmental and sustainability management.
Marine Harvest is the world’s leading seafood company offering farmed salmon and processed seafood to customers in more than 50 markets worldwide. The company is present in all major salmon farming regions in the world and the biggest producer of farmed salmon with one fifth of the global production.
Kush Seafarms Ltd
Dr Paul Connolly is Director of Fisheries Ecosystems Advisory Services (FEAS) at the Marine Institute in Galway, Ireland. This broad and diverse group deals with fisheries data collection and management, stock asssessment and advice, management plans under the Common Fisheries Policy and the Birds and Habitats Directive, and stakeholder interactions. FEAS has a strong research component that is focused on the application of the ecosystem approach and has good links to Irish universities. Working with stakeholders has been a key area for FEAS and Paul chairs regular meetings with both the fishing industry and the environmental NGO’s. During 2011 and 2012, Paul worked closely with the Irish Government’s Marine Co-odination Group (MCG) that developed an Integrated Marine Plan for Ireland (www.ouroceanwealth.ie - see Harnessing our Ocean Wealth).
Paul was elected President of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) in October 2012. ICES are an intergovernmental organisation whose main objective is to increase the scientific knowledge of the North Atlantic and its living resources and to use this knowledge to provide advice to competent authorities (e.g. the EU Commission). Paul is currently working with the ICES community on the renewal of the ICES Strategic Plan (2014 to 2018).
Killybegs Fishermen's Organisation
A UCC Civil Engineering graduate, Sean O Donoghue is now CEO of Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation appointed in March 2011.
Sean O’Donoghue has a long established career in fisheries management working in the Department of Marine and BIM for twenty years prior to taking up his present position in 2000.
He has and continues to play a key role in a number of important fisheries issues such as the Review of the Common Fisheries Policy, Technical Conservation Measures, fleet restructuring, quota management, TACs and quotas negotiations and a range of other Common Fisheries Policy issues.
Chairman of the European Association of Producer Organisations, an Executive Committee member on three Regional Advisory Council and Chairman of Working Group 2 in the Pelagic RAC,
Sean is also a member of the EU Commission’s Advisory Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture and a Board member of the Federation of Irish Fishermen (FIF).