Tony Delahunty OBE

2nd January 2018

NFFO President, Tony Delahunty, has been honoured in the Queen’s New Year List for his services to the fishing industry. A working fishermen in an under-10 metre vessel until this November, Tony has been awarded the OBE in recognition of his huge contribution over many years.

Tony Delahunty OBE

NFFO Chief Executive, Barrie Deas, said:

“Over his career Tony has taken on a prodigious amount of work and responsibility as a fishermen’s representative, lifeboatman and now member of the board of the Marine Management Organisation. This award is truly deserved and I am delighted that his contribution has been recognised in this way. It is incredible to me that he has been able to do all that he has done, whilst maintaining a successful fishing business on the South Coast.”

“As Chairman of the NFFO South East Committee, and then as NFFO Chairman and President, Tony helped to steer the Federation and the fishing industry, through difficult waters to a much better place. Two main features have characterised his work: a quiet but steely determination to do the right thing in the right way; and an unshakable belief that all fishermen, whatever their size of vessel, method of fishing, or location on the coast, should have a voice in the way our industry is managed.”

“It is astonishing that Tony has been able to find time to undertake this huge amount of voluntary work over the years, whilst maintaining his fishing business. I know that Tony’s wife, Fiona, has also made a huge contribution to his work and I think that this should be recognised as well in this award.”

“I have repeatedly been grateful for Tony’s calm, wise, advice, which invariably strikes the right balance, and I am especially pleased that that same wisdom is now being put to good use in the highest levels of the MMO. It is extremely important for the decision-makers to have unfettered access to the practical grass-roots advice. And that exactly what Tony provides.”

“The other things that have marked Tony’s work, is an unshakable conviction that fishermen and fisheries scientists should work closely together; and that fisheries policy should be grounded in solid evidence rather than emotion and hearsay. This is the opposite of the “he who shouts loudest gets more influence” approach.”

“It is encouraging that this kind of approach, along with the hard work and commitment has now been recognised in this way.”

Tony Delahunty added, “I am honoured to receive this award for my contribution to fisheries management issues, locally and nationally. Whilst I am very pleased to accept this honour, I feel very strongly that the award recognises the importance and value of the work done by all my colleagues in the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations.”