21st June

Tributes paid to the 'recognisable face' of Ireland's fishing industry

Chief executive of the Killybegs Fishermen's Organisation has paid tribute to his predecessor, describing the late Joey Murrin as "a man who had an inate and forensic knowledge of the fishing industry" and an ability to convey complex issues in simple understandable terms.

"Joey Murrin was a giant of the Irish fisheries sector," remarked Seán O'Donoghue.

Joey Murrin

Joey Murrin was a founding member of the KFO, serving as chief executive for over 20 years. During that time he left a legacy of fighting the corner of the sector on local, regional, national and European platforms. 

He also served as a board member and chairman of Ireland's Seafood Development Agency, BIM; as a board member of the Marine Institute as well as chairman of government committees and task forces.

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New strategy for Ireland's billion euro seafood sector

A two-year strategy for Ireland's seafood sector to 2020 is underpinned by development objectives of Food Wise 2025 and sustainability objectives of the Common Fisheries Policy.

Enabling Sustainable Growth published by Ireland's seafood development agency, seeks to enhance the competitiveness of the sector to capitalise on increasing domestic and global demand for seafood. The approach adopted by BIM reflects the challenge of market uncertainty and places greater emphasis on product differentation, value creation and profitability.

2018 BIM strategy

Kieran Calnan, BIM chairman;  Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine and BIM chief executive at the launch of BIM's seafood strategy 2018-2020

Launching the strategy, marine minister Michael Creed said BIM was "well resourced" to assist the implementation of the CFP and to achieve the objectives of Food Wise 2025 through state and EU funding of €240m.

Read more: New strategy for Ireland's billion euro seafood sector

Castletownbere quay project to double landing space

A 216m extension to the quay at Castletownbere - Ireland's premier whitefish port - is in response to overall landing activity that has grown from 19,030t in 2010 (€30m) to 30,522t (€99m) in 2017. Foreign vessel landings represent 370t and 1,543 respectively. The project is in tandem with works to the harbour's administration building to bring the port up to 'best international standards'. 

Castletownbere aerial

 The new facilities will put Castletownbere and the wider seafood sector "on a par with the best of Europe," remarked marine minister, Michael Creed. 

"This will drive forward the local economy on the Beara Peninsula and allow for a major expansion of the seafood support sector and other marine-related industries in the southwest" and will open up further economic diversification, he said. 

Trawling activity inside 6nm zone public consultation

A public consultation: Trawling Activity inside the 6 nautical mile zone  is seeking the views of stakeholders, following concerns raised on the level of trawling inside this zone. 

The topic has been the subject of scientific and economic reports by the Marine Institute and BIM as well as preliminary engagement with fisheries representive groups.

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Inshore fisheries and marine tourism are main activities for Roundstone, Co Galway 

Launching the consultation, which runs until June 11, marine minister Michael Creed said the consultation provided an opportuity to examine a case for giving priority access to inshore boats within 6 nautical miles of the coast and would better support the inshore eco-system.

Read more: Trawling activity inside 6nm zone public consultation

Government commits full support on fisheries in Brexit negotiations

Ireland’s fishing industry must be supported in “each and every way possible” to ensure continued inclusion of fisheries in trade negotiations, no reduction in quota share, retention of access to UK waters and maintenance of the status quo post-Brexit.

Brexit government meeting

 This was the message from An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar following a recent meeting with fish producer organisations (KFO, IFPO and ISWFPO) and processors, attended by An Tánaiste Simon Coveney and Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

Read more: Government commits full support on fisheries in Brexit negotiations

Fisheries penalty point system 'a step too far'

Fianna Fáil marine spokesperson deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has tabled a motion to rescind Statutory Instrument (SI) No 89 of 2018 introducing a penalty point system for fishing infringements.

Gallagher

"I am determined this SI will not see day light and that government will have to go back to the drawing board." All costs, the rights and entitlements of the fishermen under Irish law should be protected, he said.  

Read more: Fisheries penalty point system 'a step too far'

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