heard criticism from Fishermen that some of their Leaders had declined
invitations to appear but on this occasion Lads I believe that the
Leaders of the POs were absolutely correct in avoiding what I can
only describe as Tabloid Television where they would have been ambushed
by the Prime Time Team.
I am missing something here?
EU Fishermen need Work Permits which are very difficult to secure.
No More Permits are being issued? But our Fishermen are being accused
of employing lads without a permit which cannot be got??
believe that even in Ireland that an Employer has the option of
deciding who he wants to employ and we may find that those Fishermen
to whom Ged Nash appears so committed are not wanted by the Owners
for one reason or another and therefore they have decided not to
apply for Permits and employ them ???
must be missing something here Lads !!!!!!
after the last Prime Time expose on the Fishermen there was a huge
effort on the part of the Fishing Fleet to find the unfortunate
missing Airmen from Rescue 116 and the sight of the mighty line
of Super trawlers scouring the Sea Area off Mayo certainly made
Prime Time did not make it down to Mayo that day- reserving all
of their energies relating to the Fishing Industry to potential
are losing the PR battle hands down Gentlemen and there is little
or no understanding of what you do, the employment you generate
and the good you bring to your communities despite everything
the recent weeks there was a highly publicised Recruitment Fair
for the Agri Food Business held in the RDS where employment opportunities
in that Sector were on show.
the Fishing and Seafood Sectors should have been there at least
to give young people an opportunity of exploring the potential of
working in the Fishing Industry.
more I discuss the possibility of recruiting young Irish people
into the Fishing Sector with prominent Owners the more support I
detect for the concept.
a campaign might end in total failure but given that it did
work before it is certainly worth a try- and it will only happen
if the Industry lobbies the Training Authority.
would share the concerns of Fishermen on the potential additional
access now being offered to Non Irish Vessels in Irish Inshore Waters.
concern is not directed at genuine NI owners availing of a facility-
but I do have concerns about the concept of owners who are patently
not NI Residents using convenience addresses to allow them to use
NI licences to fish down here.
imagine at parochial level it does not make for good relations between
those fishing with Irish Licences who have paid full price for their
Capacity and gone through the full rigours of the COP and whatever
other regulatory conditions required and those who are fishing for
a fraction of the cost.
In such circumstances the status of those Owners in terms of their
Addresses and residency should be rigorously verified to establish
Licensing procedures in NI call for proof of Economic Link as they
do down here .
As I write those attending the Seafood Global Expo in Brussels from
25 to 27 April will be getting ready to do us proud as they always
Seafood Global Expo is huge and displays the significance of Seafood
in the World Food Chain and our Industry competes with the very
best in the Business.
also suggests that despite clearly punching above our weight we
are small fish in a large pool and this makes it even more important
that we stick together with Catchers, Producers and Regulators pulling
in the same direction.
hope that everyone involved believes we are doing that ??????
de Gaulle once said Only peril can bring the French together.
One cannot impose unity out of the Blue on a country that has 265
different kinds of Cheese.
may not have 265 different kinds of Cheese lads but we do have too
many factions even within the regulation system trying to
influence and govern a relatively small Industry.
have here an Industry with such huge potential for development if
it is allowed to grow. I always held the belief in my previous existence
that it is possible to Manage a Business to death .
almost achieved that!!!!!!