The Anglo-North Irish Fish Producers Organisation (ANIFPO) provide
a range of services to Northern Ireland's fishermen ever since.
Our specialty is in the area of quota management and representation
(and increasingly marketing) for our fishermen. Our members are
based in Annalong, Ardglass, Kilkeel and Portavogie, the main fishing
harbours along the County Down coast in Northern Ireland. Our organisation
is located at Kilkeel.
ANIFPO was founded in 1984, as a non-profit making co-operative.
Initially, the ANIFPO was based in England, hence the inclusion
of “Anglo” in its title, but since most of its member
fishing vessels were from Northern Ireland, the base was soon moved
across the Irish Sea.
Today, our fishermen own vessels ranging in size
from over 70 metres to under 10 metres in length. They fish in waters
all around the UK and Ireland, using a variety of fishing methods
such as trawling and crab/lobster
potting, to target a wide range of species. The most important catch
for the majority of our vessels is Nephrops or Dublin Bay Prawns,
which are landed on a daily basis into local ports.
The ANIFPO is committed to promoting sustainable fishing methods
and is involved in a variety of projects including the Sea Fish
Industry Authority’s Responsible Fishing Scheme.
- To manage fish quotas with our members in order to maximise
sustainable fishing opportunities.
- To increase the value of our members catches through our fish
selling division and by promoting improved quality control procedures
by our members.
- To represent the views and opinions of our members at local,
national and European level on a wide range of issues.
As they work with nature on a daily basis, the members of the
ANIFPO are committed to the protection of the environment they work
in. To this end they are actively pursuing a variety of initiatives
ranging from the use of more selective fishing gear to the use of
re-cyclicable fish boxes.