Ferris welcomes move on fish discards
The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Fisheries, Martin Ferris TD has welcomed yesterday’s decision to ban the discarding of fish at sea. The ban is set to come into full effect by January 2017.
Deputy Ferris said:
“The scandalously high proportion of fish discards is a consequence of the overall mismanagement of fishing within the EU. That is particularly impacting on Irish fishermen in the continued misallocation of quota which necessitates a radical reform of the Common Fisheries Policy.
“I look forward to hearing the Minister’s view on this move when he appears before the Committee tomorrow. It is vital too that practical steps are taken by the authorities here to set in place the mechanisms for policing this issue, and the level of illegal catch by non-Irish fleets in Irish waters.”