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Marine Minister Accused of Ignoring Fishermen

The Irish Fish Producers’ Organisation has sought a meeting with the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine because the Minister for the Marine has refused to meet them about the new Fisheries Bill he is introducing, which the industry fears could cause a disaster for fishing.

April 7th 2017

The Chief Executive of the IFPO has written to the Oireachtas Committee’s chairman and members saying that it has been unable to get a meeting with the Minister, Michael Creed.

Minister Creed is currently introducing a new Fisheries Bill that will allow vessels from Northern Ireland to fish inside Ireland’s six-mile limit.

“This has been done without any consultation with the Irish Fishing Industry,” the IFPO says. “This has been a frustrating process to date and as primary stakeholders we have been all but ignored which forced the Irish Fish Producers' Organisation to take the unprecedented step of writing to the Attorney General to advise her as to why this legislation should not be progressed further. It is also important to note that Prime Minster May indicated at the weekend that the UK would withdraw from the London Fisheries Convention and Common Fisheries Policy once Article 50 is triggered."

The IFPO has asked the Committee to consider "the seriousness of the total lack of engagement with the Irish Fishing industry" by the Marine Minister "on what is very serious legislation considering that we are giving away access to natural resources and a very important negotiating position in advance of post-Brexit negotiations."

The Irish Fishing industry will need access to UK waters once they have left the Common Fisheries Policy.

April 2017 Issue - Vol 29 No.11

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