Ferris welcomes detention of Dutch vessel for alleged discard of huge quantities of fish
Sinn Féin spokesperson on agriculture, food and the marine, Martin Ferris TD, today welcomed the detention in Irish waters of one of the world’s largest fishing vessels, the Dutch registered Annelies Ilena on suspicion of breaking EU rules regarding discards.
Deputy Ferris said:
“Many in the Irish fishing industry feel that this case is just the tip of the iceberg as many foreign factory ships are operating off the North West coast and are responsible for huge discards of fish. They grade fish and keep the ones which have the best market, while discarding huge quantities of smaller fish.
“This is putting terrible pressure on fishing stocks around Ireland’s coast and needs to be addressed. This destructive practise along with the EU proposed cuts to Irish fishing quotas are hugely damaging to Irish coastal communities which are suffering the consequences.
“We encourage the Sea Fishing Protection Authority and the Irish Navy to clamp down on these factory ships in the interest of conservation and in the interests of the Irish fishing industry.”