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Government must monitor super trawler monstrosity – Ní Riada

24 November, 2016 - by Liadh Ní Riada MEP

 Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has reiterated her call for the Government to take action against super trawlers entering Irish waters. 


The Ireland South representative made the call as it was reported that the Margiris, the world's second largest super trawler, was heading for the Irish coast. 


"These are colossal vessels capable of processing as much as 250 tonnes of fish per day," she said. 


"They do enormous damage to stocks, hoovering up vast quantities of fish with nets you could easily drape over the whole of Croke Park, they do untold damage to the environment, killing dolphins, whales and other marine life and they are devastating the Irish fishing industry through their disregard for quotas, the huge number of dead fish they illegally dump back into our waters and the thousands of pounds of damage they do to Irish fishing vessels and equipment. 


"What Irish fishing needs is a sustainable industry that prioritises Irish vessels and jobs, not these monstrosities that arrive, cause untold devastation and take profits out of the country. 


"Sadly, current EU law means that if they have a quota they are legally entitled to fish here but when this very vessel was off our coast last year not one inspector from the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) set foot on it for monitoring or inspection. 


"That is completely unacceptable and the Government must ensure that a similar fiasco does not occur while it is here this time.  They must demand that monitors from the Irish national authorities are on-board at all times while they are in Irish waters. 


"For our part Sinn Féin MEPs are active in Europe campaigning for changes to the Common Fisheries Policy to regulate these ships, to reduce the utterly disproportionate quotas they are allowed, to more closely scrutinise the unethical behaviour of the companies that run them and ultimately, to have them banned." 

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