23rd July

Job losses predicted if cuts in fish quotas are implemented

Ahead of the annual fisheries talks (December 12&13) to decide quotas for 2017, the Killybegs Fishermen's Organisation is calling on the marine minister Michael Creed to ensure cuts proposed by the Commission are reversed or phased in up to 2020.

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Fleets in Howth and Castletownbere will be affected if cuts are implemented

If adopted, cuts proposed in key stocks could result in 400 full-time and part-time job losses in fisheries and ancilliary services, and up to €23m to the economy, says Sean O'Donoghue.

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Restricted access in Irish waters for Northern Ireland fishing vessels

On October 27, 2016, the Supreme Court issued a Judgment (Barlow & ors v Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine & ors) that determined fishing by Northern Ireland vessels within the 0 to 6 nautical mile zone of the territorial waters of the State is not permitted by law.

SFPA Access Map UK

Application of the Judgment applies to all fishing by Northern Irish fishing vessels in this zone relying on the Vosinage Arrangements. Fishing activities that have a legal basis (reliant on access arrangements to Ireland's 6-12nm zone in the EU Regulation 1380/2013) are not affected.

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Castletownbere allocated €21m for harbour development

A multi-phased Harbour Integration Development Project for Ireland's premier whitefish port at Castletownbere, Co Cork, will double the length of the pier to over 400m, and is in "direct response" to the increase in fishing landings since 2010.

Landings have increased by 140% with corresponding value increase of 277% to 2015, marine minister, Michael Creed announced in the fishery harbour.

Cbere development

The project also involves a revamped administration building on Dinish island and 'associated works' on the mainland.

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Deep sea fish quotas to 2018 secure unanimous agreement

EU fisheries ministers have unanimously agreed on two-year fishing limits to 2018 for 19 deep-sea stocks, and roundnose  grenadier in northern areas will be fished in accordance with Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) for the first time in 2017. Orange roughy has been added to the list of prohibited species.Grenadier

Grenadier

The agreement reduces the total allowable catch (TAC) of black scabbard, all stocks of roundnose grenadier, most red seabream and greater forkbeard, based on scientific advice and by stock status. 

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Discard ban top item on December Fisheries Council

Ireland's marine minister Michael Creed has told the EU Fisheries Council that a solution must be found for mixed fisheries in the context of the discard ban.

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Mixed fisheries in waters around Ireland (Celtic Sea, Irish Sea and off the northwest coast) will create "difficult challenges" for fishermen as the discard ban is rolled out, he said.

All species subject to quota must be landed from 2019, effectively ending the current practice of discarding whitefish that are over quota, undersized etc.

Read more: Discard ban top item on December Fisheries Council

SFPA hosts information event for Ireland's fishing industry

The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) - Ireland's independent regulator for the seafishing and seafood sectors - has hosted a fishing information breakfast for fishermen, processors and shellfish producers based in the southwest areas, as part of a series of information events around the country.

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Michael Tanner, Bantry, and Maria Hurley, WANi with Claire O'Sullivan and Noel Ducker, SFPA

Speaking at the event, SFPA chair Susan Steele said the agency was "committed" to playing its part to ensure that Ireland's fishing industry has a strong future.

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