FF Calls For Opposition To Fishing Quotas

Fianna Fáil's spokesperson on Marine and Fisheries has called on the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney to take a very strong stance against the proposed cuts in fishing quotas for 2012.

John Browne TD said the quotas threatened up to 700 full and part-time jobs and Mr Coveney to "strenuously resist" the proposals in their current form.

Deputy Browne said: “The proposals from the European Commission to reduce fishing quotas in Ireland by 22% in 2012 are extraordinary and amount to a direct hit for fishermen in the order of €24 million, not to mention the knock-on effects on fishing communities and processors.

According to Deputy Browne, the proposals include a 20% reduction in fishing quota in the Celtic Sea, a 36% reduction in fishing quota in the Irish Sea and an 18% reduction in fishing quota for Northwest fleet.

Deputy Browne said: “The European Commission’s proposals as they stand would cost €5m in respect of the Irish Sea cuts, €16m arising from the Celtic Sea cuts and a further estimated €1.2m loss of income from the cuts to the Northwest fleet.

"The fishing sector in Ireland is extremely important to many communities across the country and supports thousands of jobs every day among fishermen, seafood processors and local businesses.

The TD added that Bord Iascaigh Mhara estimated Ireland could face losses from these proposed cuts of between €60 and €65 million and between 500 and 700 full and part-time jobs would be affected.

"When I see these quota proposals I can only imagine the scale of the impact on communities like Kilmore Quay in Wexford. Our fishing communities are vital and vibrant contributors to our economy and I am calling on the Government to strenuously resist the proposals in their current form.”


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