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We need to reduce the administrative burden on our fishermen - Ní Riada

21 October, 2014 - by Liadh Ní Riada MEP


Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada spoke today from the European Parliament in Strasbourg on the need to reduce the administrative burden on Irish fishermen.

Ms Ní Riada, who sits on the Committee on Fisheries, submitted a number of amendments to the upcoming 'Omnibus Regulations' which will impact on fishermen in Ireland.

Ní Riada stated:

"These amendments seek to reduce the administrative burden on fishermen by gradually introducing the Landing Obligation regulations which will come in under Omnibus.

"I am also calling for an allowance to be made for changes in mesh net sizes. Specifically in relation to the use of 80mm nets when fishing for queenie scallops.

"Fishing for queen scallops is a significant part of the Irish seafood market employing hundreds of people from coastal communities. Restricting fishermen to the use of 120mm regulated nets will make scallop fishing impossible.

"While EU regulations allow for scallop fishing with dredgers, net catching scallops is less harmful to ocean life and a more sustainable solution.

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