17th December

Funding to support maritime projects in the southeast

Coastal communities in the southeast of Ireland are to receive €1.68m for projects that add value to seafood products and support maritime activities. The South East FLAG (Fisheries Local Action Group) is one of seven nationwide groups co-funded under the European Maritime Fisheries Fund and administered by BIM.

Flag Southeast 2017

Over 1,200 people are employed in the marine/seafood sector of Waterford, Wexford and Wicklow. Fish landings in Dunmore East and Kilmore Quay - two of the top five ports in Ireland - exceed 10,000 tonnes annually. Other harbours include Wicklow, Arklow, Wexford town and Rosslare Harbour. 

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Brexit: seafood industry advised to 'prepare for the long haul'

Ireland’s seafood sector faces “unique challenges and must be protected during the Brexit negotiations”.

The key challenge for government will be to ensure that fisheries and seafood concerns are “high on the EU agenda” and not separated from overall negotiations on a new EU/UK relationship.

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Oileán an Óir steaming down the Minch loaded with mackerel.                                   Photo John Cunningham 

Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, was addressing a packed gathering of industry and State fisheries and seafood representatives attending a Brexit meeting in Dublin.

Ireland’s seafood sector is a €1bn industry with a first- sale value of €500m, exports worth €560m and employs 11,000 people in mostly remote coastal areas.

Brexit poses a “very particular set of serious threats” over and above trade implications common to most sectors, he added. These concern potential loss of access to fishing grounds in the UK Zone, and possible attempts by the UK to increase its current quota share at the expense of Ireland.

“Any changes to existing rights for the Irish and EU catching sector must be resisted strenuously,” he said.

UK fishing industry hopes to reclaim their waters however may be dashed by a European Parliament opinion. 

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Sea-Fisheries (Amendment) Bill to address issues raised by Supreme Court ‘Barlow’ case

Inshore Ireland has seen a letter (9/12/2016) to Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, regarding the Supreme Court Judgment in the ‘Barlow’ case.

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The 10-strong fleet at Clogherhead, Co Louth on Ireland's east coast, mostly fishes for prawns and whitefish species

It reads:

'I [Francis O’Donnell, chief executive, IFPO] refer to a recent Dail answer you gave on the 30th of November 2016 in relation to the proposed introduction of legislation in light of the recent Supreme Court decision in the Barlow case. This issue was discussed at length at the IFPO AGM on the 3rd of December in Galway, as were comments published by BBC Northern Ireland of late on the same issue.

Read more: Sea-Fisheries (Amendment) Bill to address issues raised by Supreme Court ‘Barlow’ case

Conditions for non-EEA workers in Ireland's fishing industry is misrepresented, says IFPO

The Irish Fish Producers Organisation has reacted to recent ‘main stream media coverage’ of the ‘Atypical Permission Scheme for Non-EEA Fishing Crews’ in the Irish fishing industry.

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‘We have been given little or no opportunity to give our position and the narrative has been very one-sided. The public will believe there is wide spread abuse of the permit scheme,’ remarked Francis O’Donnell, IFPO chief executive.

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FLAGs to get €12m for local projects

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed has launched Local Development Strategies for the seven Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs) established under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) Operational Programme, and also announced the first call for applications for the €12m available FLAG funding. 

FLAG 2017 Strategy Launch

“I am delighted to announce the publication of the new Local Development Strategies for our seven FLAGs. These Strategies will guide the FLAGs in best using the €12m funding available to them under the EMFF Operational Programme."

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Fisheries representative says mackerel review is totally parochial

The Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO) has called on Michael Creed, Ireland's Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, to focus "all his energies" on protecting Irish fisheries ahead of Brexit and to "immediately withdraw a flawed mackerel sharing review on which important time and resources are being squandered".

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Sean O'Donoghue added that the UK Fisheries Minister, George Eustice, has already claimed British fishermen will catch "hundreds of thousands of tonnes more fish after Brexit" while Ireland, which shares 47 out of its 50 Total Allowable Catches (TAC) with the UK, "stands to lose catastrophically" from an EU without Britain.

Read more: Fisheries representative says mackerel review is totally parochial

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