21st February

Ireland to host international fisheries negotiations

Ireland is to host the next annual negotiations to determine fishing opportunites between the European Union and Norway.

Week-long talks to decided the 2015 fishing opportunties begin  tomorow, December 1, between Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, UK, Spain, Portual and Ireland at the National Seafood Centre, Clonakilty, Co Cork.

Howth

Fish quota for whitefish boats such as the fleet in Howth is decided by annual negotiations between the EU and Norway. Photo Gillian Mills 

 “I very much hope we will have a successful outcome on the exchange of fishing quotas and access arrangements which will enable finalisation of quotas for other stocks such as blue whiting off the northwest of Ireland and herring in Norwegian waters. These species are of major importance to our west coast pelagic fishing fleet and fish processing plants in Donegal," remarked marine minister, Simon Coveney.

"My delegation will be pursuing Ireland’s interests to the utmost during the talks," he added.

Over seventy delegates will gather at the NSC for the talks. These negotiations cover a wide range of fish stocks across the North East Atlantic that are jointly managed by and shared between Norway and EU Member States.

Economically, these negotiations are among the most important for the EU fishing industry, and will focus on setting Total Allowable Catches for 2015 across many stocks; the sharing of these stocks between the parties and substantial quota swops between the EU and Norway as well as access arrangements.

The outcome will have a very direct effect on the opportunities available to Irish fishermen in 2015.

“Once again, the NSC is the venue of choice to host these important international talks and helps in the overall aim of emphasising Ireland’s positive and proactive role within the European Union," Minister Coveney added.

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