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Irish Government and EU Member States Accused of Favouring Non-EU Producers

EU Member States, including Ireland, have been accused of “opening a backdoor to damage EU fishermen” by giving beneficial arrangements to non-EU seafood producers without questioning the quality or sustainability of this produce. The Council of the EU intends to approve a regulation setting Autonomous Tariff Quotas (ATQs) for certain fishery products for the years 2021-2023. The ATQ regulation covers species such as tuna, Alaska pollack, cod, flatfish or shrimp for which a relatively high volume can be imported from non-EU countries at a reduced or zero-duty tariff. “The fishing industry represented by Europêche and EAPO believe that ATQs are being used in many cases with the sole purpose of getting access to cheap and low-standard fish from foreign fleets which in turn puts pressure on EU producers’ prices and employment.”

EAPO is the European Association of Fish Producers Organisations which represents 38 Producer Organisations from 10 EU Member States, with approximately 10,000 vessels. Both organisations have called on the EU Council of Ministers to reduce the amount of imported duty-free fish.

Scotland Needs More UK Money To Compensate for Brexit

Scottish Government says it needs at least stg£62 million annually to replace the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) after Brexit. The Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Tourism, Fergus Ewing, raised the issue at an EU Exit Operations meeting with the British Government.

Japan Helps Liberia

The governments of Liberia and Japan have signed a fishery grant agreement for the supply of 400 Yamaha engines to local fishermen in Montserrado, Grand Cape Mount, Grand Bassa and Rivercess Counties free of charge. The Liberian Director-General of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority, Emma Glassco, said the engines would help to phase out paddling fishing canoes. “Fishing is a vital social-economic activity for thousands of Liberians and fishing-related activities contribute to the livelihood of tens of thousands more,” said Ms Glassco. Fishermen in the artisanal sector typically use underdeveloped fishing craft which prevent long-distance fishing, reducing potential catch levels. With an average crew of four within the Kru fisheries, it is anticipated that more than 2,000 fishermen will benefit directly from the donation with a further 8,000 benefiting indirectly.

• Read more international news in the November edition of the MARINE TIMES