FIE has welcomed the Environmental Protection Agency's call for ‘severe measures such as multi-year closures' of Irish fisheries.
The EPA report says that 75% of Irish fish stocks are beyond the biological safe limit for further fishing. It makes it clear that cod fisheries are now in a ‘state of collapse'. The Report shows that Ireland's limited ‘closed areas' for cod since 2000 have not worked and the collapse is continuing.
The Minister must now ensure that the advice of the EPA and the Marine Institute are become Ireland's position during the current fisheries quota and policy debate.