Business Plan Launched for Fishery Harbour Centre

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
9 March 2009, at 12:00am

IRELAND - The Minister with responsibility for Fisheries and Forestry at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Tony Killeen TD, has today launched the Independent Report on the Development of Business Plans for the six Fishery Harbour Centres in Killybegs, Ros an Mhl, Castletownbere, Dunmore East, An Daingean and Howth.

The Business Plan Report was written following consultation with the fishing industry as well as other stakeholders in the Fishery Harbour Centres. Submissions from members of the public also informed the process.

Speaking at the Report launch, Minister Killeen said, 'Each Fishery Harbour Centre represents an important economic resource for its region and for the country as a whole. It can act as a hub of innovation and wealth creation. Small to medium sized businesses in a Fishery Harbour Centre have the potential to grow and to provide new jobs as well as contributing in a very real way to the growth of the economy.'

The Clare T.D. added, 'The Fishery Harbour Centres are generally located in regions which in the past have been seen as remote from the centres of economic growth. Today the Fishery Harbour Centres provide the opportunity for us to exploit the advantages of those same geographical locations. As well as fishing, aquaculture, offshore exploration, renewable energy and tourism have major growth potential and can work in harmony with the traditional uses that we associate with the Fishery Harbour Centres.'