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Irreparable Damage on Coastal Communities

The country’s four fish producer organisations have made another joint appeal to Minister for the Marine Michael Creed and his Department to meet them to discuss an improved system of help to the industry to overcome the impact of Covid 19.

On the take-up so far for the temporary tie-up scheme offered by the Minister, which the organisations have described as “botched and unfit for purpose,” they say the total spent by the Department when the scheme ends in August would be as little as a quarter-of-a-million Euros, compared with €75m. in total to agriculture and the arts.

The Department has said it cannot give a figure until August when the scheme is scheduled to conclude.

The aquaculture industry has put six proposals for assistance to the Minister. At the time of going to press it had not been offered any assistance.