18th December

Fisheries agency records low levels of non-compliance throughout 2016

Low levels of non-compliance by EU and national sea-fisheries and seafood safety legislation was dedected among fishermen, fish farmers and fish processors in 2016, according to the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority.

More than 3,000 fishing vessel inspections at sea and inshore, along with landing inspections in ports and factories, were conducted in 2016 by the State agency (2,696) and the Naval Service (1,213). Three vessels were detained; 42 infringements (under recording of catch and exceeding quota) were detected, and 15 cases were referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

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"We are finding low levels of non-compliance, which is testament to the real efforts of the majority of fishermen, fish farmers and fish processors to work within the law," remarked Susan Steele, SFPA chair.

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2017 quotas broadly welcomed by Ireland's fishing industry

Ireland’s fish quotas have increased by 17,390 tonnes to 233,500 tonnes in 2017, worth €280m and a 6% increase on 2016. The deal was struck in the early hours of this morning (13/12) following intensive talks at the annual Fisheries Council in Brussels.Clogherhead

Clogherhead: Set to benefit from the 9% increase in the €74m prawn fishery  

Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, described the package as “balanced” and a reversal of “extremely worrying” proposals set down by the Commission that included a 19% reduction in whitefish quotas.

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Job losses predicted if cuts in fish quotas are implemented

Ahead of the annual fisheries talks (December 12&13) to decide quotas for 2017, the Killybegs Fishermen's Organisation is calling on the marine minister Michael Creed to ensure cuts proposed by the Commission are reversed or phased in up to 2020.

Castletownbere Howth

Fleets in Howth and Castletownbere will be affected if cuts are implemented

If adopted, cuts proposed in key stocks could result in 400 full-time and part-time job losses in fisheries and ancilliary services, and up to €23m to the economy, says Sean O'Donoghue.

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Restricted access in Irish waters for Northern Ireland fishing vessels

On October 27, 2016, the Supreme Court issued a Judgment (Barlow & ors v Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine & ors) that determined fishing by Northern Ireland vessels within the 0 to 6 nautical mile zone of the territorial waters of the State is not permitted by law.

SFPA Access Map UK

Application of the Judgment applies to all fishing by Northern Irish fishing vessels in this zone relying on the Vosinage Arrangements. Fishing activities that have a legal basis (reliant on access arrangements to Ireland's 6-12nm zone in the EU Regulation 1380/2013) are not affected.

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Castletownbere allocated €21m for harbour development

A multi-phased Harbour Integration Development Project for Ireland's premier whitefish port at Castletownbere, Co Cork, will double the length of the pier to over 400m, and is in "direct response" to the increase in fishing landings since 2010.

Landings have increased by 140% with corresponding value increase of 277% to 2015, marine minister, Michael Creed announced in the fishery harbour.

Cbere development

The project also involves a revamped administration building on Dinish island and 'associated works' on the mainland.

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Deep sea fish quotas to 2018 secure unanimous agreement

EU fisheries ministers have unanimously agreed on two-year fishing limits to 2018 for 19 deep-sea stocks, and roundnose  grenadier in northern areas will be fished in accordance with Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) for the first time in 2017. Orange roughy has been added to the list of prohibited species.Grenadier

Grenadier

The agreement reduces the total allowable catch (TAC) of black scabbard, all stocks of roundnose grenadier, most red seabream and greater forkbeard, based on scientific advice and by stock status. 

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