The NI Fisheries Harbour Authority installed and provided a chilled storage facility to enable the local creel fishermen to store their fishing bait at the harbour of Ardglass, in a safe, efficient and sustainable manner. Previous to this the bait was creating an unpleasant environment at the harbour and storage was somewhat difficult.

This provision of a central store reduces the amount of bait left at the quaysides whilst being moved to boats. Having a chill storage facility at the harbour will enable the fishermen to increase the length of time bait is viable and also increases the security and protection of the bait and reduce its potential for contamination.

The Harbour Authority Chief Executive, Mr Kevin Quigley expressed his delight receiving this funding and hopes the local fishermen will continue to reap the benefits. Mr Quigley said: ‘Through this funding secured from SEA, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and the European Union, the Harbour Authority is now in a position to provide a central chill store at the harbour of Ardglass. This facility will improve the quality of life in the fishing dependent community of Ardglass as it will provide better storage facilities for the creel fishermen for their bait, that will enable them to store their bait on the harbour in a safe and hygienic manner.’

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Ards and North Down Borough Council
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council