Bringing Scrutiny to the Policing of Fishing
“This brings scrutiny to the policing of fishing in Ireland which is badly needed. It is a good day for fishermen.”
That was the view expressed by solicitor Dermot Conway, a leading legal figure in the case, when the Supreme Court announced that it was referring the Porcupine Bank Dublin Bay Prawn fishery case to the European Court of Justice.
The Court, which had previously allowed an appeal by fishermen against a High Court decision in favour of the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority, had heard further legal submissions in February about the case which has been going on for several years.
The dispute at the Porcupine Bank Dublin Bay Prawn fishery dates back to 2017 when the SFPA told the Minister for the Marine that they could no longer rely on Log Books to certify catches. The Authority maintained that considerably more catches had been made than recorded. As a result changes were made in the assessment of catches and reported returns by the SFPA. With resultant closure of the area, losses encountered by prawn boats were claimed to be up to €6m.
• There is a detailed report in the August edition of the Marine Times.
Irish Aquaculture Must Be A Priority
The Programme for Government fails to recognise the significant opportunity for Irish aquaculture in light of the increasing global demand for seafood, more sustainable food sources and carbon efficient food production, according to the Irish Farmers’ Association.
“There is no clear recognition of the place Irish aquaculture has to play in relation to the ‘EU Green Deal’ and ‘Farm to Fork Strategy’, which can provide a real opportunity for the Irish aquaculture sector to position itself as part of the solution to these growing demands and the Covid-19 recovery plan,” says Teresa Morrissey, IFA Aquaculture Executive, in her monthly column in the August edition of the MARINE TIMES.
“While the commitment to implement ALL recommendations of the Independent Aquaculture Licensing Review is welcome it must be matched by meaningful action and resources. Taking immediate action to implement a functioning aquaculture licensing system must be a key priority.”
• More in August edition of the MARINE TIMES published now