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Voisinage Agreement must be restored by legislation - Sinn Féin

10 November, 2016

Sinn Féin spokesmen on agriculture and fisheries, Martin Kenny TD and Martin Ferris TD, have welcomed the undertaking, given today by Minister Michael Creed, to bring forward legislation to deal with a Supreme Court judgement prohibiting Northern boats fishing for mussels in Southern waters within the 0-6 mile limit.

Deputy Ferris said:

“This case arose from concern by the plaintiffs for depletion of mussel stocks in Southern waters. Sinn Féin has always been very supportive and conscientious of protection of our fish stocks, but also supported the Voisinage Agreement.

“It is imperative now that Minister Creed introduce legislation to allow Northern boats to fish Southern waters and restore the reciprocity which has existed since the Voisinage Agreement of 1965, giving Irish fishermen the right to fish around the coast North and South.

“This needs to be done urgently as there are boats in two jurisdictions tied up at present. While this legislation is vital to return the situation to what it was, it is also vital that proper care be given to the protection of mussel stocks."

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