Inshore Fisheries

Learn more about the Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs) (pdf 366Kb) 

Assessment of fishing activity in Natura 2000 sites

Fishing activity within Natura 2000 sites must be assessed to ensure that it is not adversely affecting the site.

  • If you fish in one of these areas we will help you prepare for the assessment process, which entails quantifying the level and nature of fishing activity.
  • If the area is one of the small numbers of Natura 2000 sites requiring management measures, we will work with you to develop these measures.
  • Fisheries that pose the greatest potential risk to these sites are given priority for assessment.

For further information contact your local Fisheries Officer.

For an example of the process, read about the re-opening of the cockle fisheries in Dundalk bay following a Natura 2000 site assessment.

The Lobster V-Notching Conservation Method

The primary intention of the lobster V-notching method is to improve the sustainability of Ireland's lobster stocks by protecting female lobsters so that they can breed a number of times.

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The method has been in use in the USA (Maine) since the 1940s and in Ireland since 1994. In 2010, over 15,000 lobsters were V-notched in Ireland.

How does Lobster V-notching work?

V-notching involves manually removing a simple, V-shaped notch from the tail of a female lobster when first caught.

How can I participate in a Lobster V-notching programme?

The V-notching programme includes grant aid to approved groups (and in exceptional cases, individuals) that want to implement local lobster V-notching programmes.

Develop a live holding facility for shellfish

Having the capacity to hold live shellfish such as lobsters, crabs and shrimps allows fishermen and shellfish buyers greater independence in how they buy and sell catches.

Our fisheries officers offer advice on the benefits, design, installation, maintenance and operation of live holding facilities for your business.

Meet the Team

Seamus Breathnach
Speak to me about: Natura 2000, v-notching, BIM's Responsibly Sourced Standard, general licencing and registration as well as grants
Location: BIM, Ionad Fiontar, Carna, Co.Galway
Direct: +353 95 32028
Mobile: +353 87 9093273
Owen Doyle
Speak to me about: Natura 2000, v-notching, licencing and registration as well as grants
Location: National Fisheries College, Greencastle, Co. Donegal
Direct: +353 74 9381033
Mobile: +353 87 9093271
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John Hickey
Speak to me about: Natura 2000, v-notching, BIM's Responsibly Sourced Standard, general licencing and registration as well as grants
Location: BIM Office, Stella Maris Community Centre, Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford
Direct: +353 53 29632
Mobile: +353 87 6295047
Declan Nee
Speak to me about: Natura 2000, v-notching, BIM's Responsibly Sourced Standard, general licencing and registration as well as grants
Location: Monday to Wednesday: BIM Office, Community Centre, Cleggan, Co. Galway / Thursday to Friday: BIM Office, American St., Belmullet, Co. Mayo
Direct: Mon - Wed +353 95 44973 / Thu - Fri +353 97 20915
Mobile: +353 87 2211503
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Vera O'Donovan
Speak to me about: Natura 2000, v-notching, BIM's Responsibly Sourced Standard, general licencing and registration as well as grants
Location: BIM Office, An Cuilin, An Daingean, Co. Kerry
Direct: +353 66 9150909
Mobile: +353 87 2246518