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KFO and IS&EFPO comments on the Ecological Sensitivity Analysis of the Irish Sea

The Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO) and the Irish South and East Fish Producers Organisation (IS&EFPO) have performed an initial review of the “Ecological sensitivity analysis of the western Irish Sea to inform future designation of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)” Report, which was published on the 19th June 2023 by the Department of Housing, Local Government and […]

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KFO review of the ICES VME Advice identifies significant issues and unsupported closures

On 15th September 2022 the European Commission published an Implementing Regulation (2022/1614) which closed 87 areas in EU waters to bottom fishing. The closures were based on the ICES VME Advice issued in January 2021. The fishing industry has major concerns about the VME process and advice, regarding a number of key macro-areas: Lack of […]

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EBFA Day of Europe

Fishers across Europe protest in defence of their work and way of living During the past week, fishers across Europe protested against the EU policies that are putting the future of the sector at risk. Particularly, the European Commission’s “Action Plan to protect marine ecosystems” that aims to prohibit bottom fishing in 30% of our […]

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Seafood / ORE Engagement in Ireland – A Summary Guide

The Seafood / ORE Working Group has just published its Summary Guide for Seafood / ORE Engagement in Ireland. The Working Group, chaired by Captain Robert McCabe, was established in May 2022 to facilitate discussion on matters arising from the interaction of the seafood and offshore renewable energy industries, to promote and share best practice, […]

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Latest seafood report starkly highlights KFO concerns

Fishermen now waiting 30 months for access to approved Brexit funding The ongoing, inordinate delay in providing compensation to fishermen impacted by Brexit is an absolute scandal which must be rectified forthwith according to Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation, Chief Executive, Seán O’Donoghue. Mr O’Donoghue said this morning’s report from state seafood development agency, Bord Iascaigh Mhara […]

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Proposed Porcupine Bank and Southern Canyons SAC designations have little scientific basis

The Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage (DHLGH) published a Notice of intention to Designate Porcupine Shelf and Southern Canyons as Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) in November 2022. These large areas (the Porcupine Shelf SAC is c.14,718 km² and the Southern Canyons SAC 14,448 km²) are being proposed based on the suggested presence […]

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Fishermen demand immediate access to approved Brexit fund

KFO say millions will be returned if Ireland doesn’t follow Danish lead. A European fund established to compensate Irish fishermen adversely impacted by the permanent loss of quota due to Brexit, has yet to be distributed to the most affected sector some 17 months after it was first recommended. Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO) Chief Executive, […]

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BIM and RNLI announce further dates in Man Overboard Experience for Fishers

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, in partnership with the RNLI are delighted to announce further dates in the series of one day Man Overboard experiences they are running.  Aimed at Irish fishers, these events will highlight the importance of wearing a correctly fitted Personal Floatation Device (PFD) and ensure fishers are ready […]

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Council negotiations futile in shadow of EU/UK talks

Absence of Danish resolution on critical mackerel stock compounds fishermen’s misery The Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO) has described the outcome of the annual meeting of the Council of Fisheries Ministers as another very unsatisfactory chapter. The issue was exacerbated this year with the EU and UK reaching consensus on Sunday last but without signing any […]

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