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Welcome focus on future of fishing industry

28 April, 2008

Sinn Féin Agriculture Spokesperson, West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty has welcomed the setting up of the Fishing Forum announced today by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Michelle Gildernew.

Mr Doherty said:

"The focus that the Minister has brought to the future of the fishing industry has to be welcomed and in particular her commitment to the long-term sustainability of the fishing industry.

"While the short-term measures, including greater flexibility, announced today to try and alleviate the pressures facing the industry are important, the key must be to develop a long-term strategic plan for the future of fishing.

"The comprehensive, time-limited and inclusive Fishing Forum announced today will provide a springboard for the fishermen, processors and all other stakeholders. It is also vital for the Minister to keep working closely with the EU Fisheries Commissioner Joe Borg and with the southern Fisheries Minster Mary Coughlan." ENDS

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