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Ministers launch all-Ireland mussel report

1 May, 2008


Sinn Féin Fisheries Minister Michelle Gildernew MP, MLA Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Mary Coughlan TD and Minister of State for Fisheries John Browne TD have launched the report of the Bottom Grown Mussel Sector.

Speaking at the Ministerial launch of the report on the all-island review today Minister Gildernew said:

"I recognise the current value of the Irish mussel industry and also the potential this sector has to provide further wealth creation and employment to our coastal communities. This is a truly indigenous sector based on natural resources, producing a healthy food that is in great demand and providing a sustainable livelihood to people with a range of traditional skills in fishing, farming and seafood processing.

"This is a great example of effective all-island co-operation in action and I look forward to working closely with my southern colleagues in the future on issues such as this, which benefit all the people of the island."

The all-island review of the bottom grown mussel sector was commissioned in 2007 by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, and the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in the south along with the Loughs Agency.

NOTES TO EDITORS:

The review was undertaken by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) with the Cross Border Aquaculture Initiative (CBAIT) providing the secretariat function.

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