17th July

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. 

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“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.

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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.

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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.

Read more: Job losses predicted if cuts in fish quotas are implemented

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