EU Commission Coordinating Spokesperson, Vivian Loonela
Many fishing vessel owners had taken issue with the priority list of 140 vessels, as it had left off Irish fishing boats which were not members of Fish Producers Organisation but traditionally worked in UK waters, and instead included vessels which were too small to travel to UK waters from their home ports or vessels that never had operated in UK waters.
This has caused concern for fishermen like Paddy Mulvany of the Kristel Patrick S 155, who spends every January working in The Smalls off the west coast of the UK.
It has been confirmed that the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) that a list of 40 more boats, including the Kristel Patrick, has been submitted to the UK licencing authorities. As of this morning there has been no indication whether the second list has been accepted or whether the UK has decided to cap the number of vessels from Ireland at the present figures.