Sean O’Donoghue, CEO, Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation, tells Marine Times Deputy Editor, Tom MacSweeney, why Ireland’s four major fishing industry organisations have accused Marine Minister Michael Creed and his officials officials of ‘turning their backs’ on the fishing industry.
“The entire industry is united in our unequivocal rejection of a botched and ultimately useless scheme which does nothing to provide reassurance to fishermen. We’ve been endeavouring to try to manage a safe passage through Brexit and its consequences, now we’re hit with this.
Teresa Morrissey, IFA Aquaculture Executive, says that they are waiting for a response from the Department of the Marine to proposals which IFA has made for assistance to the aquaculture sector. She tells the Marine Times Deputy Editor, Tom MacSweeney, that the shellfish sector, in particular, needs an urgent decision.
“We are looking for supports or an incentive to release that pressure and particularly for the shellfish, oysters, mussels sectors. We do not have time on our side to wait much longer for what scheme or incentive is being offered, there is still some way to go on this. We have had constructive discussions with the Department up to now, but we need to have definite decisions on what we have put forward.”