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Sinn Féin seeks urgent meeting with IFI over plans to close fish farms

3 May, 2016

Sinn Féin spokesperson on agriculture and fisheries Martin Ferris TD, and MEPs Liadh Ní Riada and Matt Carthy have called for an urgent meeting with Inland Fisheries Ireland over its plans to close its fish farm operations in Counties Tipperary, Mayo, Westmeath and Cork. The fish farms produce trout hatchlings, which are used to stock rivers and lakes throughout Ireland.

Liadh Ní Riada said:

“We have called for an urgent meeting with management at IFI in response to their plans to phase out the organisations fish farming operations, which will result in the closure of four fish farms.

“The supply of trout hatchlings is essential for the conservation of the species in our waterways and for the generation of revenue in many parts of rural Ireland.

“Angling is an increasingly popular sport in Ireland and abroad, and it is a major draw for tourists from across Europe and beyond. Local economies benefit from significant cash injections, and it is estimated that angling tourism generates a dividend of almost €1 Billion.

“The entire sector depends on the maintenance of healthy and sustainable fish stocks. Fish farms, such as the four the IFI propose to close, are essential to keeping our rivers and lakes stocked. My colleague Matt Carthy MEP and I are seeking an urgent meeting with the IFI as soon as possible to impress upon them the importance of keeping these fish farms operational.”

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