When it’s gone, it’s gone
With the Irish Fishing & Seafood Alliance (IFSA) closed for annual leave for the next two weeks (back to work Monday 31st July) I’m concerned to say that the future of the organisation is in jeopardy unless some subscriptions come in the immediate future.
Unlike most other bodies in the Irish fishing industry, the IFSA receives NO allowance, grant aid or contributions from any State or EU funds and it has and continues to be completely reliant on the subscription from its supporters.
Whilst many vessels and companies continue to support the organisation, it is the individual subscriptions from the general population of the fishing industry and coastal communities (only €20 per person) that has always made up the foundation of this body and it is upon this support that the IFSA relies on most.
For example, there are over 2,500 members on the IFSA Facebook group and if only one third of these were to make a subscription then that would go a long way to resolving the problem.
Personally, I regularly receive great amounts of positive feedback from the work that the IFSA does on social media and on its website, the questions it raises and the range of topics it covers on behalf of the industry and the people in it, but unfortunately this positive support often does not translate into subscriptions, despite numerous pleas for subscription in the course of this past year in particular.
Basically, if you agree with and support the work of the IFSA, and you enjoy the articles and the effort that this organisation is making then surely it’s worth €20 of your money so please take the time to make a subscription / donation.
I think it’s safe to say that if the IFSA goes then there will never again be another organisation with the same level of being a completely independent voice in this industry -
- and it’s also safe to say that we all know that certain people and ‘authorities’ will be delighted if the IFSA ceases to exist and this industry voice is lost and there is no longer anyone out there to openly report on and question their policies and actions…
Account name: Irish Fishing and Seafood Alliance
Acc No: 65603742 - Bank of Ireland, Killybegs, Co. Donegal
Sort Code (NSC): 904907
IBAN: IE29 BOFI 9049 0765 6037 42
Postal payments can be sent to Cormac Burke, IFSA, Fintra Road, Killybegs, Co. Donegal, F94 HW10. (please make cheques / POs payable to IFSA)