Ireland needs to be innovative in its approach to small-scale coastal fishing - Ní Riada MEP
Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has welcomed the passing of a file on small-scale coastal fishing in regions dependent on fishing during the European Parliament plenary session in Strasbourg.
A member of the EU Fisheries Committee, Ms Ní Riada said, ""More action is needed to prevent and reverse the decline in coastal fishing and its positive impact on coastal economies and as the negotiator for the GUE/NGL group on this file, I was unwavering in my demands for the protection of small scale coastal fishing.
"The report looked at how innovation and diversification can help coastal regions and communities are dependent on fishing to survive.
"The report suggests how the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) could help to diversify coastal economies, and promote local enterprise utilising local sourced produce.
Speaking from Strasbourg, Ms Ní Riada continued,
"The report also called for EU science and development funding to be used to invest in collection of data about Europe’s seas, and to promote more scientific research based in coastal regions.
"And a further aspect of the report was calling for a change in EU laws to preserve traditional fishing gears and techniques that are used by coastal small-scale fisheries, yet have been banned in efforts to cut down on their use in commercial fishing.
"With the right approach we can renew coastal and island communities by investing in areas that relate to fisheries, such as tourism, heritage and scientific research. Ireland needs to be innovative in its approach.
"We need to specifically protect small scale fishing in coastal communities, such as allowing them to use fishing techniques that have been caught up in bans aimed at commercial fishermen.
"This report must now be turned into action to inject life into our coastal and island regions and I will continue working closely with the fishing industry to ensure this happens." ENDS