EU Commission proposals on cuts to fishing quota "disturbing" - Ferris
Speaking at today’s meeting of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris said he found the EU Commission’s proposals on cuts to fishing quotas to be “very worrying and disturbing reading” in advance of the negotiations.
Deputy Ferris said:
“The Marine Institute and the BIM have undertaken an evaluation of these proposals and I look forward to their findings.
“As they stand, they make very worrying and disturbing reading. If they were implemented in full, they would be very detrimental to the Irish fishing sector.
“We all know how difficult it has proven for people to remain in the industry and the social implications and consequences of that for coastal communities. I hope, Minister, that you will keep that in mind as you go into these negotiations and Sinn Féin will not be slow to support you in that regard.
“Most of the cuts proposed in quota are based on scientific analysis, but science on its own has been questioned consistently by those at the coalface of the industry. I welcome the fact that the various fishing sectors will have an input into the negotiations of these proposals.”