News Roundup for the Week
IFA AQUACULTURE STILL SEEKING STATE SUPPORT
IFA Aquaculture is continuing to lobby the Department of Agriculture, Food (DAFM) and the Marine and Bord Iascaigh Mhara for “urgent, powerful and extraordinary” supportive measures.
According to the IFA Aquaculture Executive, Teresa Morrissey, these measures are needed “in order to prevent the COVID-19 emergency from having irreversible negative impacts on the normal operation of Irish aquaculture.”
IFA Aquaculture has submitted no fewer than 6 submissions to DAFM seeking support and has yet to receive any meaningful response.
DISREGARDED, IGNORED, AGGRIEVED
There is considerable anger in the fishing industry at the way it has been treated by the Minister for the Marine, Michael Creed and his Department and particularly in the wake of €75m. aid from the Irish Exchequer being given direct to beef farmers. While the fishing industry generally takes the view that it does not resent what farmers managed to achieve, the comments from leading figures in the industry are that fishing has been “disregarded, ignored, insulted” and that “the Government has no respect for fishermen,” to quote just a few of comments received. The €50m. was followed by “adding insult to injury” according to one comment when €25m.was given to the Arts and Culture to help it respond to the impact of Covid 19.
For more, see the Marine Times Facebook Page, where there are very blunt and outspoken comments.
1,200 DROWNED IN IRELAND IN TEN YEARS
Water Safety Ireland says that an average of 10 people have drowned in Ireland every month -1,200 in the last ten years. 105 people drowned in 2019. The figures are published to mark National Water Safety Awareness Week (June 15 -21) with an appeal for care on the water. Water Safety Ireland has also warned the public that "inflatable toys" present a drowning risk. They should "not be used in open water" the national safety authority says.