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Senator David Cullinane welcomes Fisheries Conference to Waterford

24 October, 2015 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Fein Senator David Cullinane gave the opening address at an important fisheries conference held in Dungarvan, Co Waterford today hosted by Sinn Fein MEP Liadh Ní Riada.

In opening the conference Senator Cullinane said:

"It is a great honour to welcome you all today to my home county of Waterford and to the beautiful town of Dungarvan. I thank my colleague Liadh Ní Riada MEP for organising today's event and for giving fishermen and other stakeholders an opportunity to make their voices heard on fisheries policy.

"I am confident the conference will provide plenty of interesting, thought provoking and engaging discussions. The conference is about Irish Fishermen having their say on fisheries policy at a European and national level and is split into three major discussion themes:

• A discussion on fisheries regulation and its impact on fishing
• a discussion on what needs to be done to add value to the industry at home
• a discussion on how fishermen should go about ensuring their needs are heard at Governmental and European level

"I have no doubt that in the session on 'Sustainable Fishing without criminalising Fishermen' we will hear views of fishermen on how we can best manage our resources so that both our stocks and fishing industry have a sustainable future.

"Fishermen are the custodians of our seas, and it is in everyone's interest that we protect fish stocks and the livelihoods of fishermen.

"I wish all of the participants and attendees at the conference well and Sinn Fein is committed to working with all stakeholders to ensure that a sustainable fishing industry remains on the political agenda both before and after the General Election whenever it is held."

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