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Reaction 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 Department's website.

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.

A full breakdown of the Ministers proposals can be found at this news link on our site.

4th August 2017

Minister 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)"

In 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'.

KFO Welcomes Outcome to Mackerel Quota Review
Minister to Retain Existing Sharing Arrangements

The 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 arrangements.

Check out the September issue of the Marine Times Newspaper for full details and more reacton.

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