News Roundup for the Week
€3.5 MILLION INVESTMENT IN SIX SEAFOOD PROCESSING COMPANIES
The Minister for the Marine has announced €3.5 million in new investment by six seafood processing companies, with his Department’s European Maritime and Fisheries Fund Programme providing grants of €1,081,192. The grants are co-funded by the Government and the European Union.
Minister Michael Creed said, “In these very challenging times for business generally and notably our seafood sector, with our own economy and European and world markets reopening, we can have optimism again. These six companies are preparing to grow exports and value. They have confidence that seafood tor is a high growth sector which will resume its long-term growth. The national strategy is to add value wherever possible to our seafood products to ensure they are well placed in the market. These grants will assist to deliver on that strategy”.
Bord Iascaigh Mhara has been provided with €21 million of EMFF funds in 2020 to support the seafood sector.
BREXIT – NO POSITIVE INDICATIONS ON FISHERIES
The UK has been accused of trying to “cherry pick” what it wants to achieve from the Brexit negotiations with the EU. Fisheries appears to be included in this approach where it wants a separate deal from any general trade agreement.
This week the EU's Brexit lead negotiator Michel Barnier said he will “not allow cherry picking" by the UK in the talks between the two sides on a future trade deal. “The UK is seeking a future relationship with Brussels that is very close to that of an EU member and this is not acceptable. Britain is demanding a lot more from the EU. We cannot and will not allow this cherry picking.”
The UK is being told that it should be 'realistic' about a Brexit deal, but appears not to be accepting pressure from the EU, according to observers of the negotiations. Britain formally left the EU at the end of January after 47 years of membership and is currently in an 11-month transition period, which ends in December.
WARNING ON INFLATABLES
After a number of recent incidents involving emergency call-outs and rescues by the RNLI and the Coast Guard and involving the help of local fishermen, Water Safety Ireland has warned the public that "inflatable toys" present a drowning risk. The three organisations say that these inflatable “should not be used in open water."