Marine Department Statistics Contradict Minister
The Department of the MARINE has prepared a “preliminary analysis” of the transfer of quota shares from Ireland/EU to the UK under the Trade and Co-Operation Agreement. They indicate both financial cost and quota percentages.
It estimates the total loss to Ireland’s fishermen at €43 Million which contradicts the lower figure of €34 Million given by Marine Minister Charlie McConalogue and Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney after the deal was agreed on Christmas Eve.
Ireland’s Quota Loss after Brexit Deal increases to €43 Million The Dept of the Marine has released a preliminary analysis of the transfer of quota shares from Ireland/EU to the UK under the Trade and Co-Operation Agreement.
The new analysis estimates the total loss to Ireland’s fishermen at €43 Million which is a large increase on the figure of €34 Million announced by Ministers Coveney and McConalogue after the deal was agreed.
The figures also show Ireland has given away a greater percentage of quota than France or Spain and most other European countries except Germany.
Irish fishing industry sources have predicted that the loss could go to €85m. when the cost to ancillary businesses dependent on fishing is included.
By comparison with what Ireland has suffered - an overall 15 per cent of quota loss, according to these Department figures, France has lost just 8 per cent and Spain only 4 per cent.
The MARINE TIMES has put questions about their figures to the Department, but had not received a reply at time of publication of this report.