Appointments to the Board of the Northern Ireland Fishery Harbour Authority

Could you contribute to the development of the fishing industry? The Northern Ireland Fishery Harbour Authority (NIFHA) is a Non-Departmental Public Body sponsored by DARD.  It has a statutory responsibility for the improvement, management and maintenance of the 3 fishery harbours at Ardglass, Kilkeel and Portavogie.

Are you interested?

The Department is seeking to appoint 2 Board Members from 1 December 2015.

Applications for these positions are invited from candidates who can demonstrate both on the application form and, if invited for interview, that they can bring the following skills, experience and knowledge to the work which NIFHA does.

Criteria for NIFHA Board Member:

  • an understanding of the work NIFHA undertakes and an awareness of the key issues facing it and the local fishing industry;
  • experience of good interpersonal skills including an ability to communicate effectively;
  • evidence of working within a team environment and working towards achieving agreed objectives;
  • an awareness of corporate governance and accountability.
The time commitment for a NIFHA Board Member is 12 days per annum and the remuneration is £3825 per annum.

All appointees are entitled to travel and other expenses incurred on NIFHA business plus reasonable expenses incurred in relation to the care of dependants and costs associated with disabilities.
For more information about NIFHA, the role of the Board Members, how to apply, obtain an information pack and application form, please open the following link:-
You can also obtain an information pack and application form (which can be made available in alternative formats) by writing to Dan McEvoy, NIFHA Sponsorship Branch, DARD Fisheries Division, Downshire Civic Centre, Ardglass Road, Downpatrick BT30 6GQ.  He may also be contacted by telephone: 028 4461 8031 or by email at:  If you have a hearing difficulty you can contact the Department from a text phone dial 18001 + number.
Completed applications must be returned to the Department by 4.00pm on 13 October 2015.
Equality of Opportunity: DARD is committed to the principle of public appointments based on merit with independent assessment, openness and transparency of process. DARD is also committed to equality of opportunity and as women, younger people, people from ethnic backgrounds and people with disabilities and currently under represented on the Board of NIFHA, applications from these groups would be particularly welcome.