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FISHERIES DEAL WAS BAD FOR IRELAND -
THAT IS NOT A MYTH!
records of private meetings held outside of the official negotiations
for Ireland's entry to the EU are not easily accessible. At one
stage during those negotiations the chief Irish negotiator, then
Minister for Foreign Affairs, Patrick Hillery, would not give information
to the Dáil about what was happening in regard to the fishing
Junior Minister in the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries refuted
his own Department's warning that Ireland's accession to the EEC
would be a danger to the fishing industry.
the head of Bord Iascaigh Mhara, who went to Brussels because of
his concern about the way the negotiations were going and the dangers
this presented for the future of the fishing industry was ordered
home and told he had no function there.
this week's FISHERIES
PODCAST, Marine Times Deputy Editor Tom MacSweeney reveals
some of the background to those negotiations and explains why he
does not agree with the opinion of KFO CEO Sean O'Donoghue who said
on RTE Radio that it was a 'myth' that Ireland got a bad deal.
and Facts - It's Time the Fishing Industry Took A Stand
the 4th of July this year the International Transport Federation
and the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland made a presentation to the
Joint Oireachtas Committee for Jobs and Enterprise about the alleged
widespread abuse of migrant workers within the Irish Fishing Industry.
According to Francis O'Donnell, Chief Executive of the Irish Fish
Producers Organisation (IFPO), the Fishing Industry was dragged
through the gutter once again and all kinds of allegations were
made under the protection of privilege against the Irish Fishing
industry and various agencies such as the WRC and the Gardai. The
latter two are charged with policing the permit system for migrant
Minister of State Andrew Doyle T.D. Bord Iascaigh Mhara CEO Jim
O'Toole, Northeast FLAG Chair Garret O'Brien outside the National
Maritime Museum at the announcement of the funding for North East
FLAG Projects (see full story below)
to the Outcome of Policy Review on Mackerel Allocations and Fleet
Policy Highlights Divisions Within the Indutsry
Michael Creed T.D., Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine,
has announced the outcome of two policy reviews relevant to the
fishing industry and it has highlighted divisions within the industry
with relation to the sharing of quotas.
Scheme To Reduce Catches Of Juvenile Fish And Help End The Discarding
Of Fish At Sea
Minister for the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., has announced the launch
of a scheme to promote the use of environmentally friendly fishing
gear in the Irish prawn fishery.
scheme has been developed between the Department of Agriculture,
Food and the Marine and the main fisheries organisations and is
designed to help fishermen transition to fishing gears which help
the phasing out of discards at sea.
first phase of the scheme will operate for the period September
to November 2017 and will require operators to use exclusively fishing
gear which has been approved by BIM as more effective in releasing
small prawns and small and/or quota limited whitefish such as cod,
whiting, haddock and black sole. The vessels which come within the
scheme will have access to an additional 20% of prawn quota.
Creed commented: This scheme will help fishermen to catch
marketable fish and avoid small and unwanted catches. Our fishing
fleet is going through a period of massive change as we phase out
the unacceptable practice of discarding fish at sea. The intention
of the scheme is to promote the use of fishing gears that have demonstrated
that they allow the escape of juvenile fish. The new gears have
been developed by BIM and have been tested by BIM with fishing vessels.
These gears have been found to be significantly more effective at
letting small fish escape and in certain situations avoiding unwanted
catches where quotas are low or the stock needs to be avoided for
Creed added I am pleased at this progressive initiative from
our fishing industry who are engaging fully to find better ways
to fish that will support the conservation of fish stocks and the
livelihoods of fishing communities around our coast.
date for receipt of applications for the scheme is Monday 21st August
information on the scheme and the application process is available
The Sea Fisheries Amendment Bill Incoherent?
week the Minister for the Marine, Michael Creed, made a major attack
on the British Government, describing its approach to Brexit negotiations
Minister was very strong in his comments about the official British
attitude. The Government there had "no coherence" around
their strategy, he said.
comments have not been particularly well received in British Government
circles. They came at the same time as his policy towards the fishing
industry in the context of the Sea Fisheries Bill was described
as "unbelievable" as he continues with efforts to try
to get it through the Seanad where it is at the Committee Stage.
is unreal that this is still going ahead," said the Irish Fish
this be an "incoherent" policy approach by the Minister,
or is it being forced upon him by his officials?
questions are being raised within the fishing industry because of
the widespread repercussions which are feared as a result of the
content of the Bill which, according to legal advice, could widen
considerably access by all EU vessels within the 0-6 miles territorial
limits. With British withdrawal from the EU and though the Government
maintains that the Bill is an agreement only with Northern Ireland,
that could be successfully legally challenged and used to apply
to all other EU boats as the Irish Government will have no rights
to make separate agreements with the UK and what is now being done
in the Bill could be used to demand widen access to Irish waters
for all EU fishing vessels.
PODCAST examines the term "incoherent" as it might
apply in the context of the Sea Fisheries Amendment Bill.
and Irish Coast Guard in joint call for people to Respect
the Water during busiest month for rescues
RNLI and the Irish Coast Guard are issuing a joint call this Bank
Holiday weekend urging people to be vigilant and to take care on
the water and along the coastline. It comes as both organisations
note that August was the busiest month for coastal recreational
incidents last year. Irish lifeboat crews last August alone responded
217 times to emergencies at sea.
the summer holidays in full swing, it has been a busy time for the
search and rescue agencies and this Bank Holiday weekend, the two
organisations are warning people to be vigilant and take heed of
some simple safety advice.
summer air temperatures may be warm, Irish waters rarely exceed
15C, making them cold enough year-round to trigger cold water shock,
which causes the instinctive reaction to gasp and swim hard, which
can quickly lead to drowning.
part of its drowning prevention campaign, Respect the Water, the
RNLI is calling on the public to help save more lives during this
busy period by remembering and sharing key survival skills.
Rahill, RNLI Community Safety Partner explains: We are now
half way through the summer holidays and are approaching what is
traditionally a busy Bank Holiday weekend around the coast and on
our inland waters. While that hopefully signals an enjoyable time
for many it sadly also means that we can learn of tragedy
or hear of people getting into serious danger.
want to start a national conversation that encourages people to
fight their instincts around water, so we are asking people to remember
and share two skills. The first is, if you see someone else in trouble;
dont go into the water yourself as you may also end up in
serious danger. Instead, dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.
If you want to help, find something that floats and throw it to
them, or shout instructions on how to float until the rescue services
second is, if you fall into cold water, fight your instincts to
swim hard or thrash about as this could lead to drowning. Instead,
relax and float on your back, keeping your airway clear, for around
60-90 seconds. This will allow the effects of cold water shock to
pass so you can regain control of your breathing and then swim to
safety or call for help. Just remembering these two simple points
could help save your life, or someone elses, this Bank Holiday
Irish Coast Guard has two simple messages, to Stay Back, Stay
High, Stay Dry near exposed parts of the coastline and to
Stay Afloat Stay in Contact when at sea.
OFlynn, Irish Coast Guard Operations Manager said: While
it is important that everyone going afloat wears a lifejacket, it
is equally important that every user ensures their lifejackets are
are not fool proof and users should always ensure that they have
familiarised themselves on their proper operation and that they
are in date for servicing. Anyone going afloat should also ensure
they have a means of raising the alarm should they need to and that
they ensure someone ashore is aware of their trip and estimated
time of return.
from the sea, we want everyone to exercise caution when walking
on exposed cliffs. Pets should be always kept on a leash and walkers
should avoid areas which they are not familiar with. Our message
is to stay back, stay high, stay dry.
Latest Fishing Remarks Expose Lack of Vision Ní Riada
Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has given a cautious welcome
to the latest remarks from the British Environment Minister Michael
Gove but warned that the move exposed Britain's erratic and
directionless approach to Brexit.
The Ireland South MEP, who sits on the EU Fisheries Committee, was
speaking in response to comments from Michael Gove in which he said
EU vessels would still be able to operate in British waters post
is one of the main concerns for Ireland post-Brexit and while I
welcome Mr Gove's comments on allowing EU vessels to use British
waters post-Brexit they are sure to cause as much confusion as relief,
was only last month he claimed Britain was 'taking back control
of its waters' when he announced they would be pulling out of the
London Fisheries Convention.
further claimed that the convention was a threat to sustainable
stocks in British waters.
he is saying EU boats will be welcome in British waters because
Britain doesn't have the capacity to catch and process its stocks
alone, a point I have made numerous times.
the remarks, if indeed they are last word on the issue, are to be
welcomed, this is typical of the erratic and directionless approach
to Brexit from the British Government.
has been no detail given; no word on which countries will be allowed
where, much less what quotas they will be offered and, as we have
come to expect, absolutely nothing on how it will effect Irish fishing
vessels north and south, so it is a very cautious welcome I give
fishing industry, here more than anywhere, needs certainty. It needs
to know what is coming down the line so that it can prepare for
it. It does not need weekly flip-flopping from the British Government
on key issues.