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A BIM/Failte Ireland seafood trail you can take and taste on the Wild Atlantic Way.
Government and EU Must Act Over Quota Manipulation by Foreign Fleets
There can be little doubt now that complaints made by Irish fishing industry representative organisations to the EU Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs that foreign fleets are manipulating quotas and taking whatever level of catches they want in Irish waters, without being legally entitled to do so, have a degree of substance.
Full report by Tom MacSweeney in our September issue
Consultation Launched on Proposals to Regulate Recreational Pot Fishing
Fishing for lobsters, crabs and other shellfish by unlicensed fishermen in Irish waters looks set to end shortly - There should be no recreational potting in Ireland. Allowing so called holiday makers to set pots is just absurd. Permitting recreational potting to go ahead is taking the livelihood away from coastal fishermen, if holiday makers can catch their own, then why would they pay for them?
Full report by Pauric Gallagher in our September issue
MFV Colmcille One of the two new vessels including the "Westward Isle" delivered recently to Killybegs upon completion in Denmark by Vestvaerftet and supplied with equipment from Irish companies.
in East Cork is to get a new lifeboat, an Atlantic 85 Class next year.
Larger than the current Atlantic 75 lifeboat, the 85 will also be faster
with a top speed of 35 knots (65 Kilometres per hour) and there will
be provision to carry an extra crewmember, to increase from a 3 to a
4 man crew
Tomas agus a chairde off the Owenie Padraig whilst on a visit to Dunmore East - Just one of the great crew photos featured in our regular "Crew Shots" in every issue of the Marine Times
Open Letter to the Irish Fishing Industry to Pledge Money for Judicial Review of EU Penalty Point System
Dear Sir, Madam,
The EU penalty point
system was introduced by way of Statutory Instrument (S.I.) in Ireland
for serious fisheries infringements in 2014. Irish authorities drafted
this S.I. having interpreted the implementing aspect of the section
pertaining to penalty points system in the EU Control Regulation. Some
Member States have no mechanism in place to apply penalty points at
present. The EU penalty point system is now being implemented by the
SFPA as a number of Irish vessels have been issued with penalty points
in both the pelagic and demersal sectors. All of the four Irish Fish
Producer Organisations have protested at the way in which the system
is being deployed in Ireland. We have articulated in depth our reasons
as to why we believe the system in its current format is flawed and
extremely unfair. One must also consider that a consultation process
was undertaken by DAFM earlier this year which could result in penalty
points being assigned to the master of a vessel. Currently penalty points
can only be applied to the licence holder and capacity of the vessel.
This may change shortly. Critically, penalty points remain with the
vessel capacity and licence holder even if the High Court finds that
the vessel in question has no case to answer.
Most of you have
seen the report in the Irish Independent on the Tuesday the 11th of
August 2015 outlining where a Danish pelagic vessel fished illegally
in the Celtic sea. The SFPA notified the Danish control authorities
and requested that penalty points be assigned to the vessel. The Danish
Authorities are refusing to apply the penalty points knowing that the
vessel had no quota for a particular species it had fished when detected.
The Irish fishing industry is at a major economic disadvantage as a
result of the EU penalty point system. The field is so uneven at this
point that I believe we need to act in unison. Ireland was also the
first Member State to introduce the Electronic Recording System (ERS).
We were advised that this would be a harmonised system, fair to all.
We still have pelagic and demersal vessels fishing in our exclusive
economic zone and the SFPA do not know what quota they have
or should have while there. Two of the most punitive EU control systems
are being applied to the Irish Fishing Industry in our waters while
a significant number of vessels from other member states can avoid or
circumvent the system. The system is grossly unfair. I believe that
Ireland always adopts an extremely stringent approach to EU fisheries
legislation while other Member States adopt a relaxed attitude for their
fleets. The EU penalty point and ERS systems are testament to this.
European citizenship should mean equal treatment for EU fishing fleets
economically, stemming from fisheries legislation. The interpretation
of fisheries law at national level creates the unlevel playing field.
The Irish Fishing Industry is set to go through significant change as the landing obligation is introduced in the demersal whitefish fishery beginning in January 2016. This will put more of you at risk of falling foul of the penalty point system in its current format. We need the system to be fair and most of all it needs to be applied equally to all vessels regardless of nationality. This is not happening at present.
Please contact John Ward for further details on how to pledge money towards a Judicial Review on (087-9439695) or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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