Liadh Ní Riada MEP addresses hearing in Fisheries Committee on Brexit implications for Irish fisheries
Sinn Féin MEP for Ireland South, Liadh Ní Riada spoke at a high-level hearing this week in the European Parliament on the impact of Brexit on Irish fisheries.
Ní Riada said;
“The reality is that this is not going to be business as usual once Article 50 is invoked; there will be extremely complex and difficult negotiations, and we need to make sure Irish fishermen are at the heart of the negotiations just as other economic sectors and their relevant stakeholders are.
“A major concern is how quotas will be affected because already we do not have enough quotas for Irish fishermen, what will happen to future distribution of quotas and TACs, future funding for fishermen, and access to fishing grounds off the coast of the island of Ireland?
“If access is restricted after Brexit to fisheries that we would share with Britain combined with future lower quotas as a result, then the big losers could be Ireland as we fish in their waters particularly for prawns and pelagics.
“Britain, Ireland and the EU would need to negotiate new arrangements dealing with, for example, fish stocks in the Irish Sea, such as the Mourne and Man herring fisheries and fishing in Irish coastal waters such as Foyle.
“If Britain is going to insist on restricting our fisherman especially in the north of Ireland then we must not back down on insisting on historical fishing rights in these areas for Irish fishermen from the south and the north.
“The Irish government will need to step up to the plate to ensure that our fishing industry will be at the heart of negotiations.”