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Government needs to dramatically improve Irish Fisherman’s Quota – Colreavy

24 November, 2011 - by Michael Colreavy TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and Sligo/North Leitrim TD Michael Colreavy has called on the government to dramatically improve Irish Fisherman’s quota during the upcoming negotiations.

 Deputy Colreavy was speaking in the Dáil this week on sustainable fishing in advance of EU Common Fisheries Policy negotiations to be held on 15th and 16th December,

 He said:

 “EUROSTAT statistics place the accumulated processed value of fish taken in Irish waters between 1974 and 2004 at around €200 billion. Five times the value of the total transfer funds we received from the EU, mainly in CAP and structural funding over the same period.

 “The Common Fisheries Policy is a very bad deal for fishermen, fish processors and for all involved in Ireland with the fisheries industry.

 “We could increase the share of quota for the Irish fishing sector and indeed use it for future development and growth while at the same time reducing the overall fish take in our waters.

 “At present there are almost 5,000 people employed either directly or indirectly or on a seasonal basis in processing. That is not an insignificant figure but it could be far greater if Irish fishermen had a fairer share of the catch in Irish waters and if more processing of the fish caught in our waters was done in this country.

 “There is little point in tinkering around the edges of a blatantly disadvantageous Common Fisheries Policy. Fundamental change is needed, in particular the quota assigned for Irish fishermen in Irish waters. Minister Coveney must ensure that this is done if we are to meet the targets set out in Food Harvest 2020.”


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