Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, has extended the deadline of its National Seafood Survey by two weeks in an effort to increase response rates. The survey is designed to highlight the importance of fishing to families and their wider communities in Ireland.
More than one in ten (14%) of Ireland’s 1400 under 10m inshore vessel owners have already completed the survey. All remaining under 10 metre fishing vessel owners now have an opportunity to complete the survey until Monday, 8 February, 2021.
Vera O’Donovan, Regional Development Officer, BIM spoke of the importance of inshore fisheries to coastal communities in Ireland and said:” There are many competing interests for the marine resource. It’s vital that inshore fisheries can co-exist in the marine space and have their economic and social contribution to rural society acknowledged fully.”
Inclusion of under 10 metre vessel data will help to provide a more accurate account of the economic contribution that the inshore sector brings to coastal communities and to inform both National and EU policy makers.
A copy of the survey and a freepost envelope for its return was posted to every under ten metre fisher in Ireland in December. The survey can also be completed online and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more details or to download a copy of the survey, go to bim.ie/dcf/