15th October

Seafood standard to drive sustainability

Ireland's Seafood Develoment Agency has launched a certification standard to drive sustainability throughout the fishing industry. The BIM 'Responsibly Sourced Seafood Standard' is a third-party accreditation certifying fishing vessels that adhere to strict criteria regarding care of the catch; traceability and provenance, training, welfare and social sustainability.

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Michael Keatinge, BIM Interim CEO presenting certificates to Greencastle fishermen Patrick McClenaghan, Cyril Harkin and Adrian McClenaghan for their Responsibly Sourced Seafood Standard, at the Skipper Expo, Galway

"The Irish seafood sector and in particular the catching sector understands the ever-increasing need to actively demonstrate their commitment to responsible fishing practices," remarked Michael Keatinge, interim CEO.

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Funding for seafood processors and aquaculture sectors

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Nineteen Irish seafood enterprises are to receive €1.8m in grant aid under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) Operational Programme for the seafod sector. 

The programme provides three development schemes that aim to incentivise seafood innovation and new product development; support capital investment in equipment to add value to raw material and assist processors to diversify and develop export markets.

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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.

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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. 

Read more: Funding to support maritime projects in the southeast

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.

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

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