18th October

Icelandic purchase of Irish fresh fish company

Icelandic Seafood International has secured 67% of Oceanpath Limited Group, a fresh fish company based in Howth, Co Dublin, which in 2006 acquired Dunn's of Dublin (1822). 

Howth harbour

Howth, Co Dublin, one of  Ireland's six fishery harbour centres

Founded in 1991, Oceanpath sources and processes traceable seafood from all major Irish ports and worldwide to supply Irish and international markets.

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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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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.

FULL STORY: SPRING EDITION, FEBRUARY 26

 

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

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