17th July

Scheme to reduce catches of juvenile fish

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Michael Creeed, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, has launched a scheme to promote use of environmentally-friendly fishing gear in the Irish prawn fishery, and help fishermen transition to methods that will ultimately phase out discards at sea.

Phase one will operate from September to November and requires operators to exclusively use fishing gear approved by BIM which is more effective in releasing small prawns and small and/or quota limited whitefiish such as cod, whiting, haddock and black sole.

Vessels that come within the scheme will have access to an additional 20% of prawn quota.

"This scheme will help fishermen to catch marketable fish and avoid small and unwanted catches. Our fishing fleet is going through a period of massive change as we phase out the unacceptable practice of discarding fish at sea," remarked Minister Creed.

"I am pleased at this progressive initiative from our fishing industry who are engaging fully to find better ways to fish that will support the conservation of fish stocks and the livelihoods of fishing comunities around our coast."

Closing date for receipt of applications is Monday August 21, 2017.

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