will be expected to put up and shut up
Murphy, CEO of the Irish South & West Fish Producers Organisation
will be present at the vitally important annual December Council
of Ministers Meetings next week says "This year we see more
savage cuts to our most important fisheries as we approach the horse
trading of the Annual December Council meeting in Brussels on the
11th and 12th December.
usual, we can expect that the powerful Countries will ensure that
quota for species important to their fleets are maintained while
Ireland will be expected to put up and shut up.
Dec em ber 2017
are again told our Minister Michael Creed has the enormous task
to increase our percentage share of the recovering stocks in Europe's
waters but the only stocks we can discuss is the miserable 12% of
fish we are allowed to catch in our own and UK Waters and any increase
is based on ICES advice for those species.
common stocks of interest for Irish and UK Fishermen, has seen ICES
propose increases in 15 and cuts to a minimum of 6.
stocks remain the same as in 2017 while another 19 are subject to
late scientific advice or ongoing negotiations which adds to the
uncertainty Industry has foisted upon it.
year, for instance, contrary to some commentator's belief that Irelands
whitefish fleet has seen some profitable years of late due to low
oil prices and reasonable fish quotas, I believe there have been
no reasonable fish quotas for boats in the Irish Whitefish Sector
since 1983. As is clearly evident from the many Decommissioning
Schemes we have had to endure to reduce our fleet many times so
the fleet shrinks to the quota rather than the quota increasing
to maintain the fleet.
benefit of 88% of all fish caught in Irish waters goes to coastal
communities in Spain, France, Netherlands, Belgium and the UK, while
Irish coastal communities are dying on their feet attempting to
survive on the miserable 12% we are allowed to catch of our own
specific interest to Irish Fishermen is the fact that Herring in
the Celtic Sea is slashed by 62.36% which will lead to job losses
if not closures of Factories and Fishing Enterprises.
another one of our most valuable Fisheries, Hake sees cuts of 21.41%
which will once again lead to job losses and closures.
cut by 25%, Megrims cut by 6% in Area 7 and 4.27% in all other areas,
after some reasonably good years for Mackerel quota we again now
see it reduced to average amounts based on historical figures.
year the Council is expected to address anomalies and holes in the
regulatory framework for both Albacore and Blue Fin Tuna but Ireland
will be by-standers on Blue Fin Tuna in circumstances where we refuse
to even apply for a quota for Blue Fin species, that is now clearly
abundant in our waters for the past four to five years at least.
is odd about how Europe is now proposing to regulate migratory stock
similar to Tuna is that they have failed to pay any attention to
the effect these predatory fish have on our native stock like Herring
in the Celtic Sea while also being blind to the adverse impacts
of Porcupine Seismic blasting on all fish stocks.
have been told for a generation that the Hague Preference is designed
to ensure that certain fish stocks and their quota would be protected
for the benefit of Irish and UK Fishermen but this year that theory
has been stood on its head as evidenced by the allocation of 60%
of the 100% increase in Cod quota in Area 7a for Ireland being allocated
goes to our neighbours on top of their already 100% increase".