18th January

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.

Minister Creed also spoke to local interests ahead of the December Fisheries Council. He outlined the "significant cuts" proposed in quotas of particular interest to the south-west region: 68% in cod; 20% in monk and megrim and 9% in prawns:

"I committed to working closely with the industry and, taking account of the scientific advice, to work to deliver a balanced package of quotas for 2017," he said.

Fish landings in Castletownbere have increased from 19,030 tonnes in 2010 to 45,762 tonnes in 2015, reflecting greater landings from EU as well as domestic fleets. Landings from EU fleets have increased by 242% from 409 to 1,400, creating jobs in the processing and supply industry sectors. Over 3,000 tonnes of farmed salmon were also landed in 2015.

Works are expected to be complete by 2019.

  Tonnes       Sum of value    
Year Other EU Irish Total Year Other EU Irish Total
2010 7740 11290 19030 2010 €13,799,144 €16,083,380 €29,882,524
2011 11441 13985 25426 2011 €24,369,327 €20,754,096 €45,123,423
2012 11311 21071 32382 2012 €28,905,726 €26,708,495 €55,614,221
2013 14418 17687 32105 2013 €33,061,438 €22,910,041 €55,971,479
2014 20408 14597 35005 2014 €55,679,398 €26,423,616 €82,103,014
2015 30326 15436 45762 2015 €82,474,949 €30,190,130 €112,665,079

Number of landings in Castletownbere FHC 2010-15 Other EU Fleets
2010 409
2011 503
2012 754
2013 834
2014 1208
2015 1400

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