have certainly had our share of stress in recent months with the
alleged over catching issue on the Porcupine Bank and the proposed
reintroduction of the Penalty Points system for inflicting punishment
without hearing or trial.
have often used the simile of Spain under Franco to
describe things but maybe some of that may be starting to ring true
challenged a good friend in the Department on the Penalty Points
issue and was told that it is an EU regulation to which I replied
So are Water Charges My Boy- So are water charges
A la Carte approach to EU regulation has always annoyed
me. We always seem to get more Cold Vegetables than
other Countries in matters of regulation.
be honest I was not in favour of the POs taking a legal approach
on the Porcupine Prawns but having watched the beginning of that
process I believe they are correct and the Argument will further
prove that in some cases the Law is indeed An Ass.
are fishermen in France and Spain at the moment losing sleep laughing
as they plough up and down through the Porcupine to capture Markets
which we have built over the past years.
To quote John B Keane Lads you wouldnt see it
in a Play!!!
hope that the POs in working together on this issue can recognise
the benefits of co operating in a common cause. Stick with it Lads
and do I hear on the Jungle Drums that there might be some relief
if a minor gesture can be done on the Mackerel Quota?
that would be real co operation!!!!!
was explaining to a friend recently some of the Developments which
have taken place in the Industry since I became involved in 1987.
We had 2 Grant schemes for the Building of New Vessels which was
great. We have also seen many non Grant Assisted Buildings and Improvements
in the Fleet. We have had ongoing Grant Programmes to help with
Safety and Conservation and Fish Handling. We have had 2 De-Commissioning
Schemes which were not quite as effective as might have been hoped.
We had the establishment of the Seafood Research Centre in Clonakilty.
Quality of the Fleet and the Improvements in the Processing and
Handling Facilities has been terrific. The Markets for Seafood out
of Ireland have grown out of recognition.
that we Closed down our Coastal Salmon Fishery which sustained many
Families around the Coast. We Closed our Dog Fish fishery. We for
a time Closed all Gill Netting activity in the North West which
together with the Salmon and Dog Fish closures was almost catastrophic.
Happily the Gill Netting in Area 6a has reopened. We had a successful
Drift Net Fishery for Tuna which also went West although that was
not a local initiative. We introduced a system whereby the Licensing
and Regulatory elements of our Industry are Independent of the Minister
have seen recruitment in the Regulatory Division which would be
the envy of the Health Service.
Despite having been thrown out by the High Court the Penalty Points
are being reintroduced.
We passed a Law which made even a fairly mundane transgression of
Fishing Regulation a Criminal Offence- although I suppose had the
Law been passed in its original Green paper Format we might
have had a situation where the Navy was authorised to Shoot
at or in to a Vessel failing to stop when ordered.
was removed before the Law was passed but what bothered me at the
time (and still does) was that some member of our Civil Service
though that was justified.
that what you think of Fishermen Lads ???? Shoot them !!!!
having said that our Fleet continues to develop and our Markets
appear to be strong and should be the envy of many other industries
are approaching the Annual Carnival which is the Meeting to finalise
the Quotas for 2018- and I understand from those who regularly attend
in Brussels that our Senior Negotiators represent us well and fight
the good fight.
may that continue because these are the People we will need as we
head towards the Brexit Negotiations. Rather than sniping at them
as these negotiations approach please offer them support and suggestions
which are workable.
of you who have been associated with me for the past years and for
whom I am fortunate to work know how much uncertainty and lack of
knowledge in those who should know their stuff bothers me.
new people are appointed into the Departments and indeed into the
Credit Departments of Banks can we have them trained in the basics.
least once a month I have to explain what Tonnage is
month I have had difficulty in the final registration of a fishing
Vessel at Registry B- using exactly the same Documentation
as I used the previous week in Registry A What made
this all the more annoying was that both Registrations were for
the same clients who I suspect are wondering if I know what Im
am not being patronising here but suggest that the Licensing System
could be used as a template in many areas. The Offer is issued with
a List of Conditions which when ticked off allow the
Licence process to proceed and where you get the impression that
the officials in charge actually WANT it to proceed.
is going to be Tricky lads but we will do whatever we need to do
to keep everyone Calm
You are a special Industry which maybe in the coming year might
get more recognition for the good it does and the financial benefits
it brings to the country.