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Browne invites views of Public on Fishery Harbour Centre Business Plans

John Browne TD, The Minister of State with special responsibility for Fisheries at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, today invited members of the public to submit to his Department their views for consideration in drafting of business plans for the six Fishery Harbour Centres in Killybegs, Ros an Mhíl, Castletownbere, Dunmore East, An Daingean and Howth.

Minister Browne strongly urged all those involved in the fishing industry as well as other stakeholders in the Fishery Harbour Centres to avail the this opportunity to make an input to the Business Plans, saying "The Fishery Harbour Centres are important economic engines for their regions and it is important that the levels of economic activity and returns from these facilities are maximised. The Business Plans will set priorities for developing the social, fishing and other economic uses of the harbours to the benefit of the broader economy."

Specific business plans for each Fishery Harbour Centre will be included as part of the overall business plan for the centres. The Business plans will set down the goals to be achieved by the Fishery Harbour Centres over the next five years, identify the strategy to be followed to reach these goals, and recommend a detailed plan of action for the implementation of the strategy. The plans will establish business development priorities for the Fishery Harbour Centres and provide a framework for optimising the fishing and marine related activities, such as the development of leisure, amenity and other social and economic facilities in the locations of the Fishery Harbour Centres.

Submissions from members of the public in relation to the business plans for the six Fishery Harbour Centres may be sent to the following address:

"FHC Business Plan - Submission"
Sea Fisheries Administration Division,
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food,
Block C,
West Cork Technology Park,
Co. Cork.

E Mail:

Deadline for receipt of submissions is 14 December 2007

Date Released: 14 November 2007