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Commission’s cod and whiting proposals branded ‘unworkable’

Darker Brexit shadow hangs over talks, post-UK election The Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO) has expressed its concern ahead of the annual meeting of the Council of Fisheries Ministers. It believes that an industry already in a state of heightened anxiety regarding Brexit could now face further serious challenges and potential hardship particularly with the Commission’s […]

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KFO welcomes 41% boost in 2020 mackerel quota

Scientific advisory group rectifies previous errors Irish pelagic fishermen have been given a timely and welcome boost with negotiations around next year’s mackerel catch providing for a 41% increase in quota for 2020. The development has been welcomed by Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation CEO, Seán O’Donoghue who said the conclusion of this week’s coastal states meeting […]

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Fisheries aid package “welcome but not what’s wanted”

?A €14million fisheries aid package, to be distributed in the event of a ‘No-deal’ Brexit, announced in Budget 2020 has been met with a lukewarm response from KFO CEO, Seán O’Donoghue. “ While any funding directed into fisheries would typically be welcomed, this is a horse of a different colour. In essence, this is effectively […]

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Barnier commits EU support to EUFA

The EUFA delegation including Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation CEO, Seán O’Donoghue which met EU Chief Brexit Negotiator, Michel Barnier in Brussels EU fisheries’ concerns highlighted to Chief Brexit Negoti ator ? ?The Chief Executive of the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation has expressed his confidence that EU Chief Brexit Negotiator, Michel Barnier, is unequivocally supportive and committed to […]

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KFO warns of port blockades and widespread chaos

“A ‘no-deal’ Brexit will bring flash points and conflict at sea” – KFO CEO ? T he Chief Executive of the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation has issued a stark warning that failure to achieve an orderly Brexit will precipitate “chaos and conflict at sea” with port blockades across Europe being a very real prospect.  Seán O’Donoghue […]

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KFO welcomes crucial re-evaluation of mackerel stock size

Revised 2019 ICES scientific advice must be issued as a matter of urgency – KFO ? The Chief Executive of the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO), Seán O’Donoghue has welcomed a report which has vindicated the position taken by the KFO regarding mackerel stocks and the sustainability of the fishery. The report, published by the International […]

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KFO extremely concerned at latest UK Brexit developments

“A disorderly Brexit would damage Irish fisheries irreparably” – KFO CEO ? Responding to last night’s developments in the House of Commons, Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation CEO, Seán O’Donoghue said his members and the wider fishing industry was in a heightened state of anxiety about what the UK’s next steps might be.   “ We’ve been […]

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KFO welcomes Commission’s contingency proposals

“Europe has listened to Irish fisheries concerns regarding ‘no-deal’ Brexit” – KFO ?The Chief Executive of the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation has welcomed today’s European Commission’s two legislative proposals to help mitigate the disastrous impact a “no-deal” Brexit could have on Irish fisheries, at least for 2019. Seán O’Donoghue said while the reprieve is only temporary […]

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Fishermen seek Brexit mitigation measures

KFO remains hopeful that UK can reach Brexit deal As the UK meanders chaotically out of the EU, the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation has called for a suite of mitigation measures for fisheries to be spelled out clearly by the Irish Government in the event of a hard Brexit, something which hasn’t been presented in any […]

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‘No-deal Brexit’ would be unmitigated disaster for Irish fisheries

? KFO extremely concerned at consequences of potential Hard Brexit   ? Following publication of the Irish Government’s ‘contingency action plan’ for a no-deal Brexit, the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO) has warned that the ramifications of such an outcome in March next would be apocalyptic for the Irish industry. KFO Chief Executive, Seán O’Donoghue stated: “ […]

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