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Fishermen unite to tackle daily life issues

A new representative organisation for the fishing industry that is being backed by the Producer Organisations has also been welcomed by key State agencies including the Marine Institute, the SFPA and BIM which is acting as secretariat.

“The initiative to set up the National Fisheries Development Group came from within the fishing industry and was conceived by people who felt there was a need for a new organisation to help them with their day-to-day working lives.

"The NFDG is not a producer organisation and it’s not going to conflict in any way with existing organisations. It was set up by fishermen who saw the need for a body that would provide financial advice; and give advice on workers’ rights; employment law; health and pension schemes, social welfare entitlements as well as education and training.

A National Fishermen’s Register is also proposed,” Dr Peter Tyndall, the group’s chairman exclusively told Inshore Ireland.

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Neptune, north of the Butt of Lewis in unusually calm January waters, pumps mackerel aboard. Photo John Cunningham Neptune Butt of Lewis

Razor clams and brown crab public consultations

DAFF Logo final edited 1Interested parties are invited to participate in two public consultations on two inshore fisheries proposed by the National Inshore Fisheries Form.

A proposal for razor claims in North Irish Sea suggests increasing the minimum landing size to 125mm from the current 100mm. The proposal was put forward by the North Irish Sea Razor Fishermen’s Association through the North East Region Inshore Fisheries Forum.

Read more: Razor clams and brown crab public consultations

Funding to support marine projects in coastal communities

Applications are invited from the seven nationwide fisheries local action group areas for funding under the 2018 FLAGs programme organised by BIM with the objective to assist community-led development in fishing and aquaculture dependant coastal communities.

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Jim O'Toole BIM chief executive at the launch of FLAG west 2017

In 2017, FLAG boards approved 190 projects that delivered more than €3m in total investment. Projects included seafood enterprises; community initiatives; marine tourism; training and infrastructure improvements.

Read more: Funding to support marine projects in coastal communities

Brexit uncertainty dominates talks at annual fisheries council

Ireland’s fishing industry has generally welcomed the outcome of annual talks that set total allowable catch quotas for 2018 valued at €266m but has reiterated the “imperative” that fisheries and trade overall must be “inextricably linked” in phase two of the Brexit negotiations.

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Precautionary management in the Celtic Sea to impact vessels from Union Hall   

An 8% value increase in whitefish quota to 40,168 tonnes (€152m) is up 3% in volume and Ireland’s prawn quota has increased by 15%, valued at €83m.

Read more: Brexit uncertainty dominates talks at annual fisheries council

Penalty points for alleged fishing infringements

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has told Inshore Ireland that based on advice from the Attorney General, it would not be possible to deliver on an ‘effective and dissuasive points system consistent with the requirements of the EU Regulation’ by making the assignment of points dependent on the Court prosecution process.

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Penalty points for alleged fishing infringements to become State law in Ireland

DAFM added it had hoped that subject to addressing some important and administrative issues, ‘Ireland could move towards a system of sequential application of EU points’ in conjunction with the prosecution process’.

Read more: Penalty points for alleged fishing infringements

Marine Institute delivers the 2017 Stock Book

Ahead of the meeting of Europe’s fisheries ministers to discuss TAC and quotas for 2018 (December 11-12), the latest science known on 61 stocks exploited by the Irish fishing industry has been presented to Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

2017 Marine Institute Annual Stock Book

Minister Michael Creed accepts a copy of the 2017 Stock Book from Dr Peter Heffernan CEO; John Kileen, chairman and Paul Connolly, Director of Fisheries Ecosystem Advisory Services, Marine Institute 

The Stock Book — one of the principal annual publications of the Marine Institute — provides the latest impartial scientific advice on commercially exploited fish stocks of interest to Ireland, and and is used by the marine department at the annual quota negotiation and at fisheries management meetings.

Read more: Marine Institute delivers the 2017 Stock Book

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