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Ferris: EU ‘losing plot’ on Fisheries

16 December, 2008 - by Martin Ferris TD

The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Fisheries Martin Ferris TD has accused the EU Commission of 'losing the plot' on the management of fisheries. He was responding to a decision to establish a quota for recreational anglers and to deduct that quota from the existing commercial quota.

Deputy Ferris said: "The logic of this is that the Agriculture Commission will send inspectors to monitor peoples' vegetable patches and to electronically tag their pets. It is yet another example of the petty intrusion of the EU into people's lives in this country and another measure further calculated to damage the entire fishery sector both commercial and recreational.

"It also begs the question as to how the EU proposes to monitor the new measure. Will every angler be issued a quota of say, two trout or four pike every year? How many inspectors will monitor each angler? Will anglers be subject to the criminal sanctions imposed on commercial fishermen?

"It is ironic too that this latest decree was issued a number of weeks after Irish fishermen were issued with quota for the month of December which it will be impossible for them to fulfil due to the restrictions imposed during the better times of the year. Some species are way under quota due to this and this will lead to a further cut in quota if that is used as the basis for determining future years. The entire situation is farcical." ENDS

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