FIE has urged the Irish Government to support the proposed EU fisheries reforms ahead of tomorrows'' meeting in Brussels. The proposals will reduce the administrative costs for operators and introduce a comprehensive traceability system
While fishermen claim that cod in the Celtic sea are protected by the success of existing conservation measures the truth is that the scientists have been opposing ‘any catch above zero' since 2005. Improved recruitment over two years has been used by fishermen to advocate an increase in spite of the fact that the Marine Institute makes it clear that ‘Celtic Sea cod remains below the desired biomass levels'.
The scale of the by catch problem was illustrated by Kerry Sinn Fein Deputy Ferris this month when he told the Dail that ‘A week last Friday, a trawler fishing off the Kerry coast was forced to dump 2.8 tonnes of spurdog overboard.'
NEW - BAD NEWS FROM BRUSSELS - COD QUOTAS IN NORTH SEA UP 30% - COMMISSION RECOMMENDATIONS ON FISH QUOTAS LARGELY IGNORED BY MINISTERS