Mike Cohen – NFFO Chairman - Personal remarks to the NFFO AGM, held this year in London in Fishmongers Hall
In just a few minutes I cease not only to be the Chairman of the NFFO, but also - for the time being,…
The appointment of Andrew Pascoe, as the new Chairman of the NFFO, was confirmed at a meeting of the NFFO Executive Committee, held immediately after the AGM.
Andrew is an active fisherman from Cornwall who operates a operates a 6m hand-line vessel, a 12m inshore netter as well as being owner of the 18m hake netter, Ajax.
The new Chairman said: “I am both honoured and humbled by the confidence shown in me by the whole NFFO Executive. Being at the helm of the NFFO is an important responsibility at the best of times; but to be taking over just as we approach some of the most momentous decisions that our industry has faced for many decades and which will shape our future for many more, is a little daunting.”
“On the other hand, I know that I will have the support and guidance of the whole Executive Committee and I am confident that they will keep me on the right track.”
“My own experience reflects the diversity of our industry and I am determined that everyone in it should have the opportunity for their voices to be heard. Wherever on the coast you operate from and whatever the size of your vessel, or the gear that you use, your place is in the NFFO as part of a strong organisation fighting for our collective interests. ”
“I would like to pay particular tribute to our outgoing Chairman, Mike Cohen, who has brought an eloquence and dazzling intelligence to our industry that will be sorely missed. I personally hope that his departure from the industry will be temporary and that we will see home back playing a central role before long.”
I would also like to thank our President, Tony Delahunty, for agreeing to stay on as President. I know that I can will be rely on Tony’s wise counsel in the months and years ahead.”