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

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

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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 employment, seafood processing and ancillary industries.  However, the Council concluded with many proposed cuts either eliminated or reversed leaving Ireland with a net gain of around 10% above 2015 quotas.
Speaking after the Council, Sean O’Donoghue, CEO, said:
“The outcome of the Fisheries Council was very positive especially for the whitefish sector where many proposed cuts were averted.  Not only will this have a positive impact on the fishing sector but it will safeguard employment and investment in the processing industry.  I must congratulate Minister Coveney and his team, including BIM and the Marine Institute, for the huge effort made over the last few days.
In recent years our pelagic stocks have been decided over a series of meetings earlier in the year and we have known where we stood with stocks such as mackerel, Ireland’s most valuable fishery, and Boarfish, for several months but we had work to do to finalise the quota for blue whiting. Herring in the northwest has also been a problem for the past year with a closure in the area. We appreciate the effort Minister Coveney has put into making sure that by the end of February we will have a TAC of 2000 to 3000 tonnes to facilitate a rebuilding programme for this stock.
 We are pleased with the increased quota of 24550 tonnes for 2016 but feel  our position has been completely undermined by the actions of the EU Commission which concluded a separate agreement with Norway unbeknown to the Council of Ministers and, in addition, transferred a further 25,000 tonnes of blue whiting to Norway. This has resulted in a two-tier blue whiting TAC with one for Norway and another lower one at the MSY level for the EU.  This is not acceptable and should not have been done by the Commission even though they have the power to do so.”
Contact Details:-
Sean O’Donoghue, CEO Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation    087 – 4196535 or 074 97 31089