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News Roundup for the Week

BRITISH INTRANSIGENCE ON BREXIT FISHERIES ARRANGEMENTS

The British Government is said to have become “extremely intransigent” in Brexit negotiations, opposing the linking of fisheries to a trade deal. According to reports from the negotiations the UK does not appear to accept that there will not be an agreement without the fisheries issues being sorted out. EU negotiators have made it clear to the UK side that there will not be an overall trade deal without a resolution to the fisheries issues.

MALIN LOBSTER FISHERMEN “VICTIMS OF CIRCUMSTANCE”

Malin Head fishermen have continued to V-notch berried female lobsters implementing a conservation measure at their own expense, after it was suspended by Bord Iascaigh Mhara this year. More on this story in the July edition of the MARINE TIMES.

KILLALA COAST GUARD UNIT STOOD DOWN

The entire Killala Unit of the Coast Guard in County Mayo has been “stood down”. Personnel issues have also been reported in the past few weeks in Units at Dunmore East in County Waterford and Crosshaven in County Cork. The Killala Unit covered a wide coastline area in North Mayo.

“The Coast Guard will not be commenting on individual cases,” the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, which is responsible for the Coast Guard, told the Marine Times.

A number of other issues have arisen in the Coast Guard which are reported in the July edition of the MARINE TIMES. A member of the Crosshaven Unit contacted the paper to say members were not aware of issues.

• Read more about all these stories in the new edition of the MARINE TIMES published.