Liadh Ní Riada MEP has welcomed the introduction of funding for a Bluefin Tuna ‘tag and release’ Research Programme in the North West
Sinn Féin MEP for Ireland-South and member of the European Parliament´s Fisheries Committee, Liadh Ní Riada, has welcomed the introduction of funding for a Bluefin Tuna tag and release research programme saying that it paves the way for opening a recreational fishery for Atlantic Bluefin Tuna.
“I am happy to hear that funding has been allocated to Ireland to enable participation in this international research programme for Bluefin Tuna.
“Not only are local vessels playing a role in this program but also it’s a positive step in terms of gathering sufficient data to build a well-reasoned case for a recreational fishery for Bluefin tuna through a catch and release program and hopefully an eventual commercial quota.”
“This program highlights the legitimate case for Ireland receiving a commercial quota for Atlantic bluefin tuna quota.
"Sinn Féin has consistently called for the Irish government to negotiate a Bluefin quota for Ireland as there is a basis for Irish fishermen to receive a commercial quota for this valuable species, even if it is a minute quota to enable a recreational fishery.
"There has consistently been no real effort made by the Irish government to secure any quota for Atlantic Bluefin Tuna despite the fact this migratory species are being fished in Irish waters by flagged vessels from member states that have a commercial quota.
"Fishermen are struggling, and now coming up to the December Council negotiations and decisions on quotas I am calling on Minister Creed to get a better deal for Irish fishermen and to rectify such existing imbalances."