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Gildernew hosts Belfast NSMC Meeting

26 June, 2008


A meeting of the North/South Ministerial Council (NSMC), Aquaculture and Marine Sector was held today in the Europa Hotel, Belfast.

Sinn Féin Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) Minister Michelle Gildernew MP MLA, accompanied by OFMDFM Junior Minister Jeffrey Donaldson MP MLA, met with Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (DCENR) Minister, Eamon Ryan TD, and DCENR Minister of State Seán Power.

The Ministers welcomed the opportunity to come together to discuss issues relating to the operation of the Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission (FCILC), one of the six North/South Implementation Bodies.

Speaking after the meeting Minister Gildernew said:

"I am delighted to host this meeting in Belfast today. We have seen the progress being made towards sustainable development within the Foyle and Carlingford Areas both with the proposals for the regulation of the oyster fishery in Lough Foyle and the strategy for the development of angling and marine tourism.

"The Loughs Agency is continuing its good work in relation to the conservation and protection of inland fisheries and, with the first Commencement Order in operation since 1 June, will be able to progress further towards the introduction of an aquaculture licensing regime for the areas. I value these meetings as an opportunity to discuss current issues and also to assist the Agency in carrying out its functions."

At the meeting, Ministers were given a presentation by the Loughs Agency on its proposals for the sustainable development of angling and marine tourism within the Foyle and Carlingford Areas, and approved Regulations to prohibit the sale of salmon and sea trout caught by rod and line and for the regulation of the oyster fishery in Lough Foyle.

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For more information visit the NSMC website http://www.northsouthministerialcouncil.org/index/sectoral-meetings.htm

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