15th October

Fisheries Bill unlikely to succeed due to insufficient government support


During a recent Dáil debate (3/10/17) Fianna Fáil spokesperson on fisheries, Pat the Cope Gallagher, asked Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine, about the status of the Sea-Fisheries (Amendment) Bill 2017.

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Deputy Gallagher noted that voisinage arrangements* between zero and six miles are part of the London Convention but “will no longer apply in Northern waters once the two years UK withdrawal notices expires in July 2019” and referred to the notice served by the UK in July 2017 that it was withdrawing from the 1964 London Fisheries Convention.

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Differences 'must be parked' to present a united front on Brexit

The linkage between access, quota and trade is a “clear priority” from an Irish and European perspective in the Brexit talks, warns a leading figure in Ireland’s fishing industry.

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“And when I talk about trade, I’m not talking about seafood trade - I’m talking about total trade - we cannot break that linkage. If it does happen, the game is over.”

Seán O’Donoghue, chief executive of the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation, was speaking at a Brexit briefing ahead of BIM’s National Seafood Conference at the end of June.

He added that that problems relating to the Common Fisheries Policy must be “parked’ as fighting a battle on two fronts would be “absolutely crazy”. No matter which fishing sector you’re in - whether you’re pelagic, demersal, shellfish or mixed species - Brexit is a real disaster if it does wrong.”

Full story: Autumn issue (Sept 6)

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Funding to support communities along Ireland’s northeast coast

Thirteen maritime projects in counties Louth, Meath and Dublin, will receive grant aid of almost €220,000 to support total investment of €434,337.

FLAG North East is one of seven regional groups operating under the Fisheries Local Action Group programme - co-funded by the exchequer and the European Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF), and contributes to the Action Plan for Rural Development.

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Richard McCormick, President, Maritime Institute of Ireland; Minister Andrew Doyle; Jim O'Toole, BIM chief executive and Garrett O'Brien, Chair FLAG North East at the National Maritime Museum, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin

The announcement in the National Maritime Museum completes the rollout of the FLAG programe: South (Cork): North (Donegal); South West (Kerry, Limerick); South East (Waterford, Wexford, Wicklow); West (Mayo, Clare); North West (Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim), culminating in total investment of more than €3.6m in 2017.

Administered by BIM, the scheme will provide €12m in funding to Ireland’s coastal communities from 2014 – 2020.

Speaking at the launch in the National Maritime Museum, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin, Minister of State Andrew Doyle said each of the projects showcased “diversity, vision and enterprise, and where marine life, heritage, history, fishing and seafood, have been a significant contributor to the local economy”.

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Scheme to reduce catches of juvenile fish

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Michael Creeed, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, has launched a scheme to promote use of environmentally-friendly fishing gear in the Irish prawn fishery, and help fishermen transition to methods that will ultimately phase out discards at sea.

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Status quo for existing mackerel sharing arrangements

The Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation has welcomed the outcome of a ministerial review into mackerel quota sharing arrangements. ‘The Minister has decided to reject the formal request by the Irish South and West Fish Producer’s Organisation (ISWFPO) to have 100% of the additional 2017 mackerel quota allocated to it.

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Killybegs, Co Donegal, Ireland's pelagic stronghold

‘This means that the 10,859 additional tonnes will now be allocated in accordance with existing sharing arrangements of 87% to the Refrigerated Sea Water (RSW) fleet and 13% to the polyvalent segment,’ a statement reads.

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Marine projects on the northwest coast receive grant aid to support investment

Twenty-two coastal community projects in counties Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim on Ireland’s west coast will receive almost €316,000 in grant aid to support overall investment of half a million Euro under the BIM administered Fisheries Local Action Group programme.

FLAG 2017 Northwest1FLAG Northwest Co-ordinator Declan Nee; BIM chief executive Jim O’ Toole; Minister Michael Ring andFLAG Northwest chairman, Ger Hassett. Pic: Michael Mc Laughlin

Co-funded by the exchequer and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), the FLAG initiative is being rolled out across seven regions. Throughout the programme (2014-2020), funding of €12m will be delivered to support coastal communities.

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