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WHAT IS HAPPENING
IN THE COAST GUARD?
In the December
edition of the MARINE TIMES we will be hearing that there are problems
in the Coast Guard. West Cork Independent member of the Dáil,
Michael Collins, T.D., questioned the Taoiseach about the situation
and said that voluntary members of the Coast Guard were "not
respected." You can hear a preview of what he has been saying
on this edition of THE MARITIME PROGRAMME - THIS ISLAND NATION,
which is supported by this newspaper. Also on the programme you
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fishermens federations adopt united stance on Brexit
UKs two main representative organisations for commercial fishermen
the Scottish Fishermens Federation (SFF) and the National
Federation of Fishermens Organisations (NFFO) have
agreed upon common principles to ensure the best possible deal for
coastal communities in the forthcoming Brexit negotiations.
two federations met in Edinburgh on Friday 25 November and agreed
the key outcomes they want to achieve from negotiations to leave
across the UK have welcomed Brexit as providing a historic opportunity
to secure significant economic benefit to coastal communities once
the UK regains control of its 200 mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
the meeting between the two federations, it was agreed that they
would seek the following outcomes from Brexit:
Fairer shares of catching opportunity for UK vessels.
Full control over access to the UK EEZ by fishing fleets.
Creation of a fit-for-purpose management and regulation system,
including a grass roots revision of fisheries management based on
sustainable harvesting and sound science.
Establishment of mutually beneficial trading relationships with
the EU and other countries.
federations also agreed that there must be no roll-over of the current
Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and that negotiations regarding fisheries
should not be entangled with non-fisheries issues.
the federations insist that negotiations must benefit all sectors
of the fishing industry. Inshore and offshore fleets, fish and shellfish
all stand to benefit from the opportunities that the UKs exit
from the EU provides.
particular, the federations believe this is an opportunity to go
beyond the limited achievements of the CFP. An ambitious management
strategy for UK waters that will provide environmentally sustainable,
high yield and profitable fisheries for the future must be created.
In particular there is a need to devise and implement a workable
Armstrong, chief executive of the SFF said: Brexit has monumental
significance for the nations fishing industry and our coastal
communities in terms of providing the opportunity for a significant
increase in economic activity. It is vital that fishermen across
the UK speak with a united voice to ensure that the UK and devolved
governments fight for the interests of these communities in the
UK fishing industry is speaking with one voice it is a sea
of opportunity that must not be traded away."
Deas, chief executive of the NFFO, which represents a broad section
of fishermen across England, Northern Ireland and Wales, said: We
see the UKs departure from the EU and therefore the CFP as
an opportunity to address the distortions that were built into the
CFP from its inception. The UK industry is united that this is a
once in a generation opportunity to put things right..
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