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Bottom Grown Mussel Consultative Forum

The bottom grown mussel sector, on all parts of the Island of Ireland, has undergone many changes over the last ten years. Overall this has been a successful period, characterised by strong market demand for the product and significant inflows of
investment. It is now a valuable industry generating significant value from an indigenous resource that undoubtedly has scope for further positive development. This success has created pressures on the regulatory arrangements and on the infrastructure
supporting the sector and has led to demand from producers for a wide ranging review in clear recognition that reform of many aspects of the administration and regulation of the sector was urgently needed.

The Rising Tide Review, initiated in Autumn 2006 was carried out by a review group drawn from BIM, DARD, DAFF and the Loughs Agency, under a Terms of Reference set by the ministers in the two jurisdictions and supported by a Secretariat provided by the Aquaculture Initiative. The Initiative was also given responsibility for conducting the
industry consultation process and compilation of the Review report.

Following the release of the Rising Tide report in Spring 2008, the review group requested that the Aquaculture Initiative continue in its role as secretariat and initiate the formation of the Bottom Grown Mussel Consultative Forum (BGMCF). Speaking at the Ministerial launch of the report Minister Michelle Gildernew MLA said: This is a great example of effective all-island co-operation in action and I look forward to working closely with my southern colleagues in the future on issues such as this, which benefit all the people of the island.

The former Minister of State at the Department of Marine, John Browne TD added: We feel that the Review Group has done a thorough job, both in teasing out the critical issues that surround the sector and in ensuring that the views of the mussel fishermen and farmers themselves were heard and reflected in the recommendations. It was most impressive to see the degree of consultation and it was also heartening to see industry participating, sharing their knowledge and expertise in the process. In particular I wish to highlight the contributions made by the Loughs Agency and Board lascaigh Mhara (BIM) and to thank the Cross Border Aquaculture Initiative (CBAIT) for its role in facilitation and for providing the secretariat to the process.

With the formation of the BGMCF complete, the inaugural meeting of the forum was held in Autumn 2008. The BGMCF has become a discussion forum for policy, a clearinghouse for information dissemination and a co-ordinating body to organise necessary industry collective actions. The BGMCF also has the function of being a central point of contact between the industry and the regulators and to co-ordinate collective activities. The Aquaculture Initiative continues to serve as secretariat to the forum .


Bottom Mussel Consultative Forum Minutes Meeting 1

Bottom Mussel Consultative Forum Minutes Meeting 2

Bottom Mussel Consultative Forum Minutes Meeting 3

Bottom Mussel Consultative Forum Minutes Meeting 4

Bottom Mussel Consultative Forum Minutes Meeting 5

Bottom Mussel Consultative Forum Minutes Meeting 6

Bottom Mussel Consultative Forum Minutes Meeting 7

Bottom Mussel Consultative Forum Minutes Meeting 8

Bottom Mussel Consultative Forum Minutes Meeting 9

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Bottom Mussel Consultative Forum Minutes Meeting 16

Bottom Mussel Consultative Forum Minutes Meeting 17

Bottom Mussel Consultative Forum Minutes Meeting 18