IIMRO has its origins in the long struggle by Donegal island fishermen for recognition of their rights following the offshore ban on salmon fishing in 2006. This was followed by a ban on all net fishing in Area VIa in 2008 which added further pressure to fragile island communities.

Since then the fishermen have met with their counterparts on all of the Irish islands in order to organise as a national organisation. They have taken their campaign to Europe and back home to Dublin in order to highlight the effects of one size fits all legislation has had across the islands of Ireland. IIMRO collaborates with groups from across Europe and Ireland and are working to implement recognition of small offshore islands in the new EU Common Fisheries Policy which came about largely as a result of our work in Europe:

“Small offshore islands which are dependent on fishing should where appropriate, be especially recognised and supported in order to enable them to survive and prosper in the future.”

Our People

Jerry Early
Jerry Early (Chair)

IIMRO's chair, fisherman and publican from Árainn Mhór, Co. DonegalEmail Jerry

Enda Conneely
Enda Conneely

Community activist and fisherman from Inis Oírr, Co. Galway. . Email Enda

John Walsh
John Walsh

Community development manager from Bere Island, Co. Cork . Email John

Séamus Ó Cnáimhsí
Seamus Ó Cnáimhsí (Secretary)

IIMRO's secretary and community development worker on Árainn Mhór. Email Séamus

Mary Lavelle
Mary Lavelle

Inishbofin based development worker for Comhar na nOileán, the islands LEADER company. Email Mary

Eddie O Malley

Clare Island, Co. Mayo . Email Eddie

Aisling Moran
Aisling Moran (Treasurer)

Development Worker for Sherkin, Long and Heir Islands, Co. Cork. Email Aisling



Comhdháil Oileán na hÉireann - The Irish Islands Federation

IIMRO are constituted as a subgroup of The Irish Islands Federation


Low Impact Fishers of Europe (LIFE)

IIMRO are members of LIFE, the first pan-European platform representing small-scale fishermen


European Small Islands Network

IIMRO are collaborating with ESIN to implement recognition for islands in the EU's Common Fishery Policy as per paragraph 20