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Fishing cuts are unacceptable - Ferris

14 December, 2010 - by Martin Ferris TD

The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Fisheries Martin Ferris TD has described the proposed EU cuts on the Irish fishing fleet as unacceptable. Apart from massive cuts in quota for cod and other species, Irish fishermen will be have their days at sea cut by 25% in the eastern and north western sectors.

Fishing groups are also concerned at demands from other states that the ‘Hague Preferences’ designed to compensate partly for Ireland’s small share in quota off our own coast be set aside.

Deputy Ferris said: “Once again we are seeing proof that the Common Fisheries Policy is massively damaging to the Irish fishing sector. Unless an Irish Government demands a root and branch review of how our coastal waters are mismanaged the Irish sector will be condemned to a slow death, as indeed has been the experience over the past number of decades.

“The current proposals if accepted will drive more fishing vessels out of business and will mean more devastation for coastal communities. While these need to be opposed now, only a complete reform of the CFP and the reclaiming of national control over our fisheries can provide any hope of maintaining and developing our fisheries.” ENDS

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