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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

(Top) The proposed site of the Porcupine Shelf SAC (bottom) the proposed site of the Southern Canyons SAC (source = Notice of Intention to Designate).

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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Fisheries Council has become a festive sideshow

  Handcuffed negotiators unlikely to resolve key fisheries issues In what is shaping up to be a repeat of last year’s festive charade, the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO) has expressed its serious misgivings ahead of the annual meeting of the Council of Fisheries Ministers which commences in Brussels this weekend. It believes that an industry […]

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KFO Opening Statement to Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food, & the Marine

7th December 2022 Fish Quotas and Decommissioning Chairman, and Committee Members, thank you for the  opportunity to address you here today. You have requested that we address two issues namely Fish Quotas and Decommissioning. Your invitation is a timely one as the annual series of meetings in different fora for next year’s TACs and Quotas […]

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Fishermen being left behind by rising tide

KFO to highlight litany of festering problems facing industry Morale in the Irish fishing industry is at an all-time low as rocketing fuel costs, shrinking quotas and the lingering legacy of Brexit are all proving extremely problematic, an Oireachtas Committee will be told later today (Wednesday). Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO) Chief Executive, Seán O’Donoghue said […]

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EBFA outraged at Commission’s implementing VMEs Regulation

On the 15th of September the European Commission published an implementing regulation which puts an end to bottom fishing in VMEs in 87 different areas in the waters of Ireland, France, Spain and Portugal. (see map). The key closures areas for Ireland are in the Porcupine which will affect our valuable Nephrops fishery. The Commission […]

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