2020 Meetings


Meeting 5

Date: 28th July 2020

Location: Virtual Meeting

  1. Examine how the Tuna FIP observer scheme may be used as a template for data collection in other FIPs.
  2. Verifish will follow up with a number of PO reps, sales agents and the Marine Institute regarding improving the volume of industry self-sampling in whitefish and in particular for Whiting in the Celtic Sea.
  3. It was agreed that in addition to being available on the FIP website the workplans would also be circulated prior to meetings.
  4. Draft factsheets were considered to be a useful resource and they will be completed for all relevant whitefish FIP species and circulated to FIP members.

2019 Meetings


Meeting 4

Date: 19th November 2019

Location: Citywest Hotel

  1. Verifish will draft species factsheets to the group to evaluate their use as an educational and marketing too 
  2. A list of specific questions for scientists will be drawn up focusing on elements of FIP workplans.
  3. Verifish will develop full text versions of the draft workplans and circulate to the group.
  4. Hake will be registered with Fishery Progress as a prospective FIP for 2020. 
  5. Both oneto-onmeetings with skippers and circulation of FIP info and registration forms will be used to increase FIP membership by vessels. 


Meeting 3

Date: 26th June 2019

Location: Citywest Hotel

  1. Verifish will look into the necessity and feasibility of establishing a FIP for Black Pollock.
  2. A list will be drawn up of Whitefish issues to discuss with MI scientists.
  3. Positives such as Hake being fished well within MSY levesl will be highlighted by the FIP.
  4. New technical measures will be incorporated into the 2019 workplan under Principle 2.
  5. Notification of the whitefish FIP and the website will bewidely circulated throughout the industry.  
  6. Initiatives to increase membership, such as issuing forms through the co-ops,would be undertaken. 
  7. Integration of the FIP with Origin Green will be explored and reported on at the next meeting.

Wednesday the 13th February 2019


Meeting 2

Date: 13th February 2019

Location: BIM Offices, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

  1. The 2019 FIP workplan was adopted. It will be implemented by all FIP participants throughout the year.
  2. An information pack for industry would be developed for the next meeting outlining that the whitefish FIP had started, what the workplan covered, inviting fishermen to join the FIP and informing them of what is required of members.
  3. Marine Institute scientists will be contacted with a view to working with the FIP towards achieving the workplan goals for 2019.
  4. Fishermen would be invited to participate in the FIP meetings
  5. The MSC pre-assessments and pre-assessment summaries will be circulated and any uncertain elements will be clarified for the next meeting 

    2018 Meetings

    Meeting - Thursday the 11th October 2018


    Meeting 1

    Date: 11th October 2018

    Location: BIM Offices, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

    The most recent meeting of the Irish Fishery Improvement Projects took place in BIM Offices, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin on the 11th October 2018. (An Bord Iascaigh Mhara is the state agency for fisheries development in Ireland)

    • FIPs for Hake, Haddock and Whiting are now underway
    • Review of the stakeholder group that has been developed from earlier meetings in February and May of this year.
    • The Whitefish FIP meeting was attended by BIM, Fish Producer Organisations, fishermen and processors.
    • At the February meeting the FIP requested that MSC pre-assessments be carried out. This work has now been completed
    • The FIP coordinator, Frank Fleming, is working with Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) developing profiles for the Fisheries-The pre-assessment data is being used to develop the profiles
    • The pre-assessments are now being used to develop draft plans. The Plans are to be presented to the FIP stakeholder group in early 2019