Fishing Boat Licencing Policy Review
2017 Issue Vol 29 No. 11
Marine Times Newspaper
In an effort to highlight the seriousness of what may be about to
happen as a result of the so called public consultation
on reviewing our fishing boat licence policy, a number of us fishermen
have decided that we can no longer remain silent while POs,
governments and state agencies continue to mismanage Irelands
fishing industry for the benefit of a small number of players in
return for political advantage. Let us be very clear here. This
is not in any proper way a public consultation as there is still
a majority of vessel owners who are not even aware of whats
going on, not to mention crew members and aspiring boat owners.
something having such huge potential consequences for the entire
fishing industry, the very least to expect would be that every boat
owner and fishing capacity holder would be notified by letter from
the Department, as well as public notices in the fishing papers
and one national newspaper, if consultation and balance was desired.
This hasnt happened nor has it happened in the past, therefore
we refuse to recognise this as public consultation.
in order to try to give the wider public and public representation
a flavour of whats happening and the different forces and
agendas that often determine the direction and fate of our little
industry, we would like to touch on a few things of relevance here,
while acknowledging that the consequences of this and previous reviews
have such wide-ranging effects that it would be impossible to expose
even a fraction of them in this missive.
Department states that because 1: a request by the ISWFPO to change
100% capacity rule to 80% and 2: the KFO requesting a review of
the effort regime for RSW vessels, a review is called for. While
it is not clear if the KFO are looking for the days at sea (time)
element removed or changed or want to increase their tonnage and
engine power, it is clear that the ISWFPO want to increase the tonnage
/ kw of some of the very segments that they proposed should be capped
during the herring fishery review in 2011 / 12 in order to Save
the herring stock while it was healthy.
can state confidently that this review succeeded in effectively
privatising the herring fishery akin to the plantation of
Ulster but failed utterly in saving the herring stock. As
a result of this new management and culture the Celtic Sea herring
is in danger of collapse if it hasnt already.
The compound of this on the Celtic Sea whiting last season which
were caught in large numbers (40mm mesh) while trying to reach the
hard caught herring quota is enough for us to ask who is driving
this show where there is no vision or care of fair play when it
comes to fishery management and participation.
elections and the party first comes to mind, coupled with greedy
rogue fishermen / developers taking advantage of the political donations
culture that speaks all languages in this country.
it is fair to add that both the proposal of 2010 and the request
/ proposal of 2015 from the ISW were made against the wishes of
the wider membership. Many people within the industry are becoming
very disillusioned with the very system of how the POs work
which lends itself to being hijacked and this is hugely contributing
to our sorry state. Remember the film Atlantic and take
note. The kangaroo style policy making has not only got to stop
but some of it must be reversed.
The courts and tribunals are already overstretched with no sign
of any easing and wed prefer not to have to go down that route
to show that the various ministers may have exceeded their powers.
(Please note that this is not a full list of the
names as not all signed copies of letter have been returned as you
go to press)
John Healy; Gerry O Donovan; Ger Foley; Mick Byrne; Tomas Arundel;
Brendan Walsh; Gerald Sharkey; Patrick O Sullivan; Jimmy Hurley;
Gerald Foley; Des Foley; Padraig O Sullivan; John OBrien;
Freddie Locke; Jamie Fitzgerald; Paul Harte; John Dwyer; Gerry Moore;
Shane McIntyre; Aidan Moore; Joe OShea; Eamon Dixon; Brendan
Devane; Denis Harding; Denis ODonoghue.