Background & History of ANIPO
The Anglo-North Irish Fish Producers Organisation (ANIFPO) was founded in 1984, as a non-profit making co-operative. Initially, the ANIFPO was based in England, hence the inclusion of “Anglo” in its title, but since most of its member fishing vessels were from Northern Ireland, the base was soon moved across the Irish Sea.
Today, our fishermen own vessels ranging in size from over 70 metres to under 10 metres in length. They fish in waters all around the UK and Ireland, using a variety of fishing methods such as trawling and crab/lobster potting, to target a wide range of species. The most important catch for the majority of our vessels is Nephrops or Dublin Bay Prawns, which are landed on a daily basis into local ports.
The ANIFPO is committed to promoting sustainable fishing methods and is involved in a variety of projects including the Sea Fish Industry Authority’s Responsible Fishing Scheme.
The Anglo-North Irish Fish Producers Organisation is managed by a Board consisting of eight Directors, who are elected on an annual basis by the membership of the PO. The Board is headed by a Chairman who serves a two year term. The Board meets on a regular basis and is charged with making all policy and management decisions relating to both the day-to-day operations of the PO and the Organisation’s Fish Sales Division.
The PO is a constituent organisation within the UK’s National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations (NFFO) and holds two seats on the NFFO’s Executive Committee. Through the NFFO the PO is involved in a range of national and European forums. NFFO Services provides a range of liaison roles with offshore developers.