News Roundup for the Week
NAVY DETAINS FIFTH VESSEL FOR ALLEGED FISHERIES OFFENCES
The Naval Service has detained five fishing boats so far this year for alleged breaches of fishing regulations.
The fifth was French-registered and arrested 120 nautical miles south-west of Mizen Head off the West Cork coastline. It was escorted to Castletownbere to be turned over to Gardai for further action.
Another French-registered boat was detained three weeks ago around the same area. This was the 32-metre Miss Jacqueline II, Spanish-owned but French-registered. The vessel fishes out of La Coruna in Galicia, Northern Spain, even though it is registered in Bayonne in South West France. It was detained 180 nautical miles west of Mizen Head by the LÉ George Bernard Shaw.
MARINE MINISTER CALLS ON EU COMMISSION FOR MORE ATTENTION TO FISHERIES SECTOR
Marine Minister Michael Creed has called on the European Commisison to “keep the needs of the fisheries sector under review.
“We need an ongoing, co-ordinated and effective response to COVID-19 at European level in order to effectively mitigate the impacts of the crisis,” he said at a video conference this week held by EU Agriculture and Fisheries Ministers with Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski and Fisheries Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevicius, about the effects of the pandemic on the agri-food and fisheries sectors
“I expect the Commission to reflect carefully on the discussions and look forward to seeing further proposals that will ensure a robust and timely response to the difficulties that look set to continue to affect these sectors over the medium term,” he said. “Overall, activity by the Irish fishing fleet is significantly reduced, particularly for smaller vessels and the market situation remains challenging. I want the Commission to keep the needs of the sector under ongoing review.”
ATTEMPTED FRENCH BOYCOTT MUST BE VIGOROUSLY OPPOSED BY EU COMMISSION
“It is rank hypocrisy from the French who source a lot of their produce from Irish waters that they are happy to make use of EU rules when it suits them, but there can be no toleration of any boycott of Irish-caught fish in France, or indeed in any other Member State.”
That was the opinion of Ireland South MEP, Billy Kelleher, who wrote to EU Commissioners Sinkevicius and Breton, telling them that he expected them “to stand by and uphold the rules of the Single Market,” when he took the complaints of Castletownbere Fishermen’s Co-op, reported in the Marine Times Weekly Update, about attempts by French fishermen to start a boycott of non/French caught fish in processing factories and markets in France. “This is a blatant attack on the European Single Market, and one which the European Commission must strenuously oppose. It has no place in 2021,” said the Fianna Fáil MEP. The Irish fishing industry is already under great pressure due to the significant reduction of sales to the hospitality industry. It would serve the French fishing organisations to put their efforts into promoting the consumption of fish rather than limiting options to consumers. The Irish Government should make known their displeasure to their French counterparts at EU level and ensure that this negative campaign does not receive the support, implicit or otherwise, of the French authorities.”