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KFO welcomes outcome to mackerel quota review

Minister to retain existing sharing arrangements The Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation has tonight welcomed the final decision by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, following the conclusion of a review into mackerel quota sharing arrangements.  The Minister has decided to reject the formal request by the Irish South and West Fish Producer’s […]

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KFO welcomes clarification from chairperson of Oireachtas committee

Tóibín admits to ‘imbalance’ of witnesses ?The CEO of Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO), Seán O’Donoghue has welcomed clarification from the chairperson of the Joint Committee on Arts, Heritage, Regional Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Peadar Tóibín regarding misrepresentations and imbalance at a committee meeting on April 26th last. Deputy Tóibín stated: “There was an imbalance with […]

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KFO and IFPO continuing to assist with search for missing crew of Rescue 116

T he KFO and IFPO are continuing to assist in the search for the two missing crew of Recuse 116 operator Paul Ormsby and winchman Ciarán Smith and will be embarking on a coordinated search of Donegal Bay starting from Black Rock light house at first light Saturday morning.   The KFO and IFPO said: […]

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KFO says overall outcome of the Fisheries Council was positive

KFO said the overall outcome of the Fisheries Council that finished at 2am this morning was positive with significant increases in three pelagic stocks mackerel +14%, blue whiting +85% and Atlanto Scandia herring +104%.  There were also very welcome increases in nephrops and in a number of important whitefish species but the reductions in haddock […]

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8th December  PRESS RELEASE

KFO calls on Minister Creed to ensure that the Commission’s proposed cuts for key Irish stocks are reversed at the Fisheries Council next week Up to 400 Jobs could be lost if Commission’s proposals are agreed  ? Next Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th of December the Council of Fisheries Ministers meets in Brussels to decide […]

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KFO Welcomes Minister Noonan’s Budget Announcement on the Seafarers Allowance

The KFO welcomed the announcement today by Minister Michael Noonan in his budget speech that he will introduce the seafarers allowance for those working on board fishing vessels. The effect of this change is to extend the Seafarers Allowance of €6350 amounting to a tax credit of €1270 to workers on board fishing vessels. Sean […]

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University College Cork and the Marine Institute conducting Killer Whale Research

Róisín Pinfield from the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences in University College Cork is studying the killer whales that forage around the pelagic trawlers during the Northeast Atlantic mackerel fishing season as part of her PhD. The three-year project is a joint Enterprise funded project from the Irish Research Council and the Marine […]

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EUROPEAN COURT OF JUSTICE Grand Chamber REJECTS COMMISSION’S APPEAL ON KFO MEMBERS SAFETY TONNAGE APPLICATIONS

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Justice ruled today the 14th June to reject an appeal by the Commission to annul the General Court’s decision of 2014. The General Court had annulled the Commission’s decision of 2010 rejecting some KFO members Irish safety tonnage applications. This is the third time the safety tonnage […]

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KFO Satisfied with Outcome of Fisheries Council Overall a Positive Result with Significant Increase for Whitefish and Prawns

KFO was pleased at the final outcome of the Fisheries Council concluded in the small hours of this morning in Brussels after intensive negotiations over two days.  In advance of the meeting KFO voiced fears that the proposed TAC & Quota cuts would have disastrous consequences for the Irish fishing industry, with knock-on effects on […]

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