17th July

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.

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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.  

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Irish and EU 27 positions maintained in Brexit fisheries negotiations

The Killybeg Fishermen's Organisation has 'welcomed in principle' the Brexit transitional period that maintains relative stability and ensures continued stock sustainability and economic competitiveness for the EU and UK fishing industries.  

EUFA is a coalition of European fishing fleets directly impacted by Brexit. Members include national organisations from Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, The Netherlands, Poland, Spain, and Sweden, comprising 18,000 fishermen and 3,500 vessels with an annual turnover of €21m.

Killybegs

KFO chief executive Sean O'Donoghue says the announcement is an important step forward as it gives certainty and negotiation time until the end of 2020.

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Brexit Free Trade Agreement must include fisheries

New draft guidelines (March 7) published by the European Council have been welcomed by the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation. Key concerns separating fisheries as well as retaining existing reciprocal access to fishing waters and resources have been fully recognised in the draft text.

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French Ambassador, Stéphane Crouzat visits Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation CEO, Seán O’Donoghue

The draft roadmap sets out the ‘likely course of negotiations’ on the future relationship between the EU and the UK, and includes specific reference to fisheries in Article 7 which states, inter alia:

‘Trade in goods, with the aim of covering all sectors, which should be subject to zero tariffs and no quantitative restrictions with appropriate accompanying rules of origin. In this context, existing reciprocal access to fishing waters and resources should be maintained.’

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Campaign to increase visibility of women in Ireland’s seafood industry

Less than one in 12 employees in the fishing, forestry and agriculture sectors in Ireland is female, according to Ireland’s seafood development agency when launching a campaign to profile the role of women in the seafood sector At 11.7% female to male employees, this is significantly lower than the EU average of 36.9%.

Women in Seafood business Caitlin Ui Aodha

 Caitlín Uí Aodha, trawler owner and chairwoman of LAST

BIM chief executive Jim O’Toole said the agency would assist the sector to capitalise on the ‘talents of women’ in the wider sector.

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Large fishing vessels may be excluded from Ireland's inshore waters

A consultation paper to review the options for more restricted access to large fishing vessels trawling inside Ireland’s six nautical mile zone ‘is expected’ marine minister Michael Creed has told the thirteenth meeting of the National Inshore Fisheries Forum.

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Inshore boats at Roundstone, Connemara

This issue has been the subject of scientific and economic reports by the Marine Institute and BIM and some preliminary engagement with fisheries representative groups, including the NIFF.

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