23rd July

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.

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Sequential application of penalty points for fishing infringements ‘not possible’ says marine department

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.

CastletownKillybegs

Fishermen from Castletownbere to Killybegs and beyond will be impacted by proposed new Statutory Instrument

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’.

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Coastal states unite in single voice on Brexit

Communities along Ireland’s coastline sustained by a €1.1bn fishing industry and 11,000 jobs it supports, are ‘extremely concerned at the potentially devastating ramifications of Brexit,’ believes the Killybeg’s Fishermen’s Organisation.

Coastal Communities Brexit
Seán O’Donoghue along with Francis O’Donnell (Irish Fish Producer’s Organisation); Hugo Boyle (Irish South & East Fish Producer’s Organisation); Jim O’Toole and Kieran Calnan (Bord Iascaigh Mhara) and Matthew Clarke (Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine) in the company of industry figures from across the EU at the signing of the Santiago de Compostela declaration

Speaking at a conference in La Coruña, Spain, organised by the European Fisheries Alliance to debate the impact of Brexit on the fisheries sector and local communities, KFO chief executive Sean O’Donoghue said that fisheries was unique as it was a limited resource shared with the UK in terms of quota, fishing grounds and markets.

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Standards underpin sustainable Irish seafood guarantee

BIM Clogherhead RSS fisherman Niall Connolly mfv Patrick CIreland's seafood development agency, BIM, is organising a series of workshops as part of their Responsible Seafood Sourcing programme.

This national seafood assurance scheme, developed by BIM and supported by Bord Bia and Origin Green, the programme comprises two standards: onboard and onshore, and is independently certified according to ISO 17065 procedures.

Niall Connolly, MFV Patrick C, Clogherhead Co-op, certified RSS member

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Ireland's mackerel quota 2018 'disappointing' but inevitable

The outcome of the annual coastal states mackerel negotiations have been described as disappointing but not surprising by the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation. These negotiations between the EU, Norway, the Faroe Islands, Iceland and Greenland, focus on ‘sustainable management’ of the €1bn fishery in the North East Atlantic.

Mackerel quotas 2018

Ireland secured a quota of 69,143 tonnes with a corresponding landing value of €70m. The sharing arrangement agreed in 2014 between EU, Faeroes and Norway which is due to expire at the end of 2018, holds ‘an amount’ in reserve to accommodate other parties, according the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

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Future of fisheries must not be determined by short-term political considerations

A coalition of nine member states directly impacted by Brexit has called for continued joint management of shared European fisheries rescources.

Speaking in the European Parliament, Gerard van Balsfoort, chairman of the European Fisheries Alliance, said that responsible management of the shared resource was a "prerequisite" for continued economic vitality:

European Fisheries Alliance

"We call upon all stakeholders to come together to devise a post-Brexit fisheries management system based on the current arrangement that safeguards continued sustainability of stocks and economic prosperity for both UK and EU fishing fleets."

Key topics discussed at a gathering of scientists and NGOs included the benefits of well-managed and sustainable stocks (EU and UK fleets); international laws; cross-border fisheries management and potential effect of a 'hard Brexit' on stock sustainability and the marine environment.

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