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Britain can’t have its cake and eat it

UK cannot expect to retain EU membership fishing benefits, post-Brexit ? The complexity of moulding Britain’s future relationship with the EU is nowhere more evident than in fisheries where the UK cannot expect to retain the privileges of membership while blocking its erstwhile European colleagues from its waters and doubling its catch. That’s according to […]

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Irish Government intent on heaping hardship on beleaguered fishermen

?Fisheries sector facing twin threats of Brexit and penalty points ? As the Irish fishing industry teeters on the brink facing its biggest ever crisis in the form of Brexit, our Government has incredulously decided to heap further misery on fishermen by rejecting an annulment of highly controversial penalty points legislation. That’s according to the […]

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KFO enraged at Government penalty points U-turn

Taoiseach must urgently amend legislation ?Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO) CEO, Seán O’Donoghue has stated that the fishing industry is livid that Taoiseach, Micheál Martin, acting as Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, enacted highly controversial penalty points legislation yesterday (Friday) with zero consultation with fishermen and in spite of having stridently opposed it, while […]

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Creed rejects fisheries sector plea for COVID-19 support

Producer organisations accuse Minister of ‘failing to recognise the gravity of unprecedented crisis’ ? In rejecting impassioned appeals for specific COVID supports from a beleaguered fishing industry which is fighting for its very survival in the face of the pandemic, Agriculture Minister Michael Creed and his officials have effectively turned their back on the sector. […]

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KFO welcomes EU legislative measures to help maintain seafood supply

Emergency additional financial support now imperative to manage unprecedented COVID-19 crisis ? ?The Killybegs Fisheries Organisation (KFO) has said it welcomes a suite of emergency measures proposed by the EU Commission today (Thursday, April 2nd) which endeavour to mitigate the adverse effects of an industry placed in serious peril by the COVID-19 crisis and to […]

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Fishing organisations condemn port blockades

Stringent criteria being met to safeguard public health while maintaining seafood supply ? Recent port blockades in Dingle and Castletownbere preventing access to fishing trawlers have been condemned by seven of the largest fishing organisations in the country as “unnecessary, alarmist and without any reasonable nor rational foundation”. The organisations are, namely: Irish Fish Producers […]

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KFO lauds Barnier commitment to fisheries

Draft mandate sets out support required by Irish industry ? The Killybegs Fisheries Organisation (KFO) has welcomed today’s EU’s draft negotiating blueprint for Brexit trade talks stating that insofar as fisheries is concerned, it offers tangible hope to the Irish industry and provides a timely boost after a bruising, exhausting period of negotiation. However, Seán […]

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UK Fisheries Bill confirms ‘worst fears’ of Irish fishermen

? Trade linkage paramount to avoid chaos at sea ? The Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO) has expressed its bemusement at the UK Fisheries Bill published today. The bill, which proposes denying Irish fishermen automatic access to UK waters, would have catastrophic ramifications for the Irish fishing industry but in reality, is “a poor man’s Trojan […]

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KFO recognises ‘reasonable outcome’ to Fisheries Council talks

? Fate of Irish fishing industry remains inextricably linked to Brexit negotiations ? The Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO) has said that this week’s Council of Fisheries Ministers annual meeting in Brussels has delivered a reasonable overall result on certain key stocks but has upheld misguided proposals on others.However, its CEO, Seán O’Donoghue, said at the […]

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