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Job ID 11818
Offshore Wind

Commercial Fisheries Manager required for a leading Offshore Wind Farm developer, based in Ireland.


  • Support the project in managing its interface with the key commercial fisheries sector throughout all stages of project development.
  • The role will require management of all relevant fisheries stakeholder groups and development of key relationships, leading on fisheries-related liaison with regulators and other agencies, representing the company on industry and regional fora and management of the Fisheries Liaison team.


  • Serve as the key point of contact within the project for commercial fisheries stakeholders and lead on all relevant fisheries-related matters across the development and construction phases of the project.
  • Develop and drive the commercial fisheries strategy for the project, with support from the consents and stakeholder engagement teams. This will require an understanding and appreciation of the fisheries landscape in Ireland, the ability to develop constructive relationships and innovative solutions as required.
  • Review the current commercial fisheries team structure and resource support and identify any additional resources required, to ensure effective consultation with fisheries groups and independent fishers, to develop and maintain relationships. Maintain a detailed stakeholder engagement log of activities with all fisheries groups.
  • Work closely with the Stakeholder Manager, Offshore Consents Manager and EIA team to develop and maintain proactive engagement with independent fishers, and local, regional, and national fisheries stakeholders, including government representatives. This includes attendance at public and community meetings as required.
  • Lead engagement with relevant industry and government organisations, including the Wind Energy Ireland (WEI) fisheries working group, to promote the project.
  • Support the production of fisheries inputs into project documentation, including the Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR) and the Natura Impact Statement (NIS), including advising on appropriate mitigation as required.
  • Lead the ongoing management of fisheries cooperation agreements, with support from legal advisors, including the negotiation of cooperation agreements for future surveys and construction activities.
  • Input to risk and programme management for the project, including early identification of commercial fisheries risks and active engagement with the project programme and project risk management process.


  • An in depth understanding of the Irish fishing industry, practices, interests, and issues.
  • Relevant experience of working directly with fishers and fisheries stakeholder groups and of building strong relationships.
  • Experience of working with multidisciplinary project teams to deliver key project outputs on time and within budget.
  • Experience of stakeholder engagement including demonstrable negotiation skills. Involvement in developing commercial fisheries cooperation agreements preferred.
  • A good understanding of Irish legislation, planning policy and regulatory environment.
  • Ability to represent the interests of the project with relevant external stakeholders, including fisheries and community groups, statutory consultees, industry, and regional forums.
  • Ability to manage team members to ensure effective engagement with fisheries stakeholders and timely delivery of reports and information.
  • Degree level or equivalent qualification preferred.
  • Due to the nature of the role, excellent interpersonal and communication skills are essential.
  • Ability to deliver high-quality work to tight timescales.

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