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.
The first concerned proposals the Minister received from the Irish
South & West Fish Producers Organisation (ISWFPO) for a revised
mackerel distribution between the Refrigerated Sea Water (RSW) Pelagic
segment and Polyvalent segment of the Irish Fishing Fleet.
The Minister undertook a full public consultation which commenced
on the 10th January 2017 and ran until the 28th February 2017 during
which 353 responses were received. A wide diversity of views were
submitted and, to support transparency, were made publicly available
on the Department's website where consent for such publication was
given by the parties in question.
The Minister carefully considered the submissions made and the issues
raised during the public consultation process and having undertaken
a detailed evaluation, the Minister's amended policy on mackerel
management is attached at Appendix 1 and will be available on the
The second policy review relates to separate proposals from the
ISWFPO which related to amending replacement capacity rules for
fishing vessels. The review also covered a proposal from the KFO
for the ending of a fishing effort regime for the RSW Pelagic segment.
full breakdown of the Ministers proposals can be found at
this news link on our site.
Must Clarify What Future He Sees for Our Fleet
"The Minister has decided to reject the formal request by the
Irish South and West Fish Producer's Organisation (IS&WFPO)"
a letter from the IS&WFPO to Minister Creed on the 4th October
2016, Chief Executive Patrick Murphy said its Members believed that
certain means existed within the remit of the department 'to alleviate
the current imbalance in the whitefish segment'.
Welcomes Outcome to Mackerel Quota Review
Minister to Retain Existing Sharing Arrangements
Killybegs Fishermen's Organisation has welcomed the final decision
by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed,
following the conclusion of a review into mackerel quota sharing
out the September issue of the Marine Times Newspaper for full details
and more reacton.