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Island Proposals to Help Fishing

From Rhoda Twombly – Comhdháil Oileán na hEireann, the Islands’ Federation: One of the many downsides created by Covid-19 is the collapse of the fish markets: most Island fishing boats are tied up as they simply can’t sell their catch.

While time ashore is spent on boat & equipment maintenance, the Island fishers would much prefer to get out and fish. IIMRO (Irish Islands Marine Resource Org) has several proposals to help Island fishers.

Urgent measures include direct income support, a repayment holiday on loans for fishing gear until the crisis ends and a fund to help maintain boats in a seaworthy condition. There are additional measures for the medium and long term sustainability of the small fishers being called for.

Seamus Bonner and IIMRO are developing a system of direct fish sales where Islanders would order the exact fish wanted online to be filled by a licensed vessel. The orders could then be collected at the pier.

Details have to be worked out but this could be one way the Island fishers could sell their catches.