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Fishermen must be at heart of quota allocation – Ní Riada

17 December, 2014 - by Liadh Ní Riada MEP

Speaking from Strasbourg this morning, Sinn Féin MEP for Ireland’s South constituency Liadh Ní Riada welcomed the quota increases for the prawn and hake fisheries secured at the December Fisheries Council in Brussels. However, she called on Minister Simon Coveney to  do more to defend fishermen in the whitefish sector.

 Liadh Ní Riada said:

“I was glad to see close cooperation between the Stormont Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Michelle O’Neill and her Dublin counterparts in the negotiations in Brussels. Its clear that a united, strategic, and confident approach can yield results.”

 “We need to redouble our efforts in supporting our fishing industry. Cuts to cod, haddock, and whiting quotas will have a serious knock on affect on the industry and on coastal communities.  Fishermen on the Celtic Sea will be hit hard and the quota reductions will not protect our fish stocks.”

 “Fishermen along the South coast are in serious trouble and what they need is a Government that has faith in them and their ability to manage their fishery. They need a Government that will stand up for them in Europe and support their industry at home.  Coveney needs to prioritise the fishing industry for 2015.”

“Its clear that the current system for allocating quotas is not suitable and does not hold the fishing industry as a matter of significance. We need to look at a fairer, more transparent system that prioritises the sustainability of our fishing industry and coastal communities.”

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