Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation Ltd is the largest fishermen’s representative body in Ireland and is a recognised Fish Producer Organisation (Council Regulation (EC) No 104/2000 on the common organisation of the markets in fishery and aquaculture products). It represents fishermen in pelagic, whitefish and shellfish sectors; of the 23 RSW pelagic vessels in Ireland, 20 are members of KFO. KFO is a member of the Federation of Irish Fishermen which represents 90% of Irish vessels over 12 metres and the European Association of Producer Organisations (EAPO). It is an active participant in the Pelagic RAC.

Contribution to the project: KFO will participate as a full partner in WPs 1, 2, 3 and 5 with their expertise on Pelagic fisheries and communication with stakeholders and will provide the necessary coordination, facilitation and communication to enable significant input by KFO to planned workshops and project meetings. Furthermore, they will summarise the views on the most desirable target for management in pelagic fisheries (maximum social yield). In addition to these tasks, KFO will reimburse travel and subsistence of pelagic case stakeholders invited by the coordinator to meetings according to table 2.1.4.

Description of PIs involved in the project:

  • Sean O’Donoghue, CEO of KFO, is a prominent figure in the Irish and wider European fishing industry. His career spans over three decades starting with the Irish Ministry of Fisheries, followed by Bord Iascaigh Mhara, the Irish Sea Fisheries Development Board, and latterly heading up Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation. He is currently Chairman of the Federation of Irish Fishermen, the European Association of Producer Organisations and Vice-Chairman of the Trade and Markets WG of ACFA. He plays a significant role in the Pelagic RAC.
  • Ted Breslin, Executive Assistant and Deputy CEO, works directly with the pelagic sector and carries out many functions in the management of all sectors. He has been with the organisation for more than two decades and has a deep knowledge of the industry both at Irish and European level. He is available to advise and assist this proposed project as necessary.
  • Norah Parke, KFO Project Coordinator, works primarily with the Shellfish sector and has contributed to the increased dialogue between Irish, UK and French stakeholders in the Brown Crab industry. She has previously been the Project Coordinator on behalf of EAPO which was a partner in the FP6 Project PROFET Policy in which KFO and OPPC-3, Vigo, were sub-contractors ( She was directly involved in the preparation of background policy documents, the organisation of two major workshops and the compilation of technical leaflets for that project. She has also contributed to the response of the Federation of Irish Fishermen to the current CFP Review and various other internal KFO projects. She holds an MSc degree in fish pathology, has several years experience in clinical chemistry laboratories and worked in the family shellfish business prior to KFO.
  • Olga McGing, Office Administrator, has many years experience in the administrative functions associated with the KFO. Her expertise in financial and secretarial matters is available for the purposes of administering KFO’s role in this proposed project.

flagsThe research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7 /2007-2013) under grant agreement no 289257. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the European Union cannot be held responsible for any use which maybe made of the information contained therein.