Ferris welcomes plan to end fish discards
Sinn Féin’s Fisheries spokesperson Martin Ferris TD has welcomed the news that the EU has agreed that the practice of discarding millions of tonnes of fish every year is to come to an end within six years.
Deputy Ferris said that the dumping of millions of tonnes of perfectly healthy fish into the sea was a ludicrous practice and should have ended years ago.
“Sinn Féin has consistently been calling for this practice to come to an end and it should have happened along time ago.
“However, this development is to be welcomed. It was absolutely ludicrous to allow a situation continue where millions of tonnes of perfectly healthy fish were being dumped back into the sea because of EU bureaucracy and at the same time Irish fishermen were coming under more and more pressure from the EU because of low fish stocks.
“It is imperative that the stated six year target is met and preferably it could even be phased out before then. The end of this practice is crucial for the survival of European fish stocks and the Irish fishing fleet.
“Steps must now be taken here to ensure that there is effective policing of this issue, and the illegal practices of non-Irish fleets in Irish waters.”