A flotilla of Irish fishing vessels will sail into Cork Harbour on Wednesday, 26 May to highlight the plight of the Irish fishing industry

A flotilla of Irish fishing vessels will sail into Cork Harbour on Wednesday, 26 May to highlight the plight of the Irish fishing industry

On Wednesday 26 May, Irish Fishermen will launch a campaign to raise public awareness of the plundering of our greatest natural resource using a Show and Tell Event.

In co-operation with the Port of Cork Company and An Garda Síochana, fishing vessels will assemble off Roches Point, Cork Harbour and steam up the River Lee to the quays in Cork City where the Show and Tell will be held.

After a short Show and Tell – fishermen and their families will walk in solidarity to Taoiseach Micheál Martin’s office on Evergreen Road in Turners Cross to hand deliver a letter outlining the plight of the industry.

The fishermen wish to invite the public to come and view these vessels, meet the men and women who work these vessels, hear their stories and talk with our representatives.

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IRISH FISHING INDUSTRY ISSUES FOR GOVERNMENT & EU COMMISSION

 

  • Renegotiation of Common Fisheries Policy so that Ireland is allocated a fair share of fish quotas that reflect the contribution of our fishing grounds to the EU.
  • The Brexit TCA Agreement between EU and UK was both unfair and unjust and penalised Ireland’s fishing industry. This must be equal Burden Sharing throughout the Member States.
  • On Enforcement, we submit that Penalty Points for fisheries offences should only be applied to License Holders & Skippers following a Court Conviction.
  • The revoking of Ireland’s Fish Landing Control Plan by the EU Commission on the basis of unproven and unprosecuted allegations against the entire Irish Fishing Industry must not be allowed to destroy Ireland’s reputation in the production of Premium Quality Fish.
  • Traditional access to our fishing grounds at Rockall to be reinstated immediately.
  • The Migrant Workers Atypical Scheme governing non- EU/EEA Fishers must be reviewed to ensure a level playing-pitch for all those working in the Irish Fishing Industry & Agri-food sector.
  • Fishermen who spend in excess of 24 hours at sea must be granted equal rights with all seafarers, marine workers & Haulage Industry under our Revenue & Taxation Laws.
  • The Brexit Adjustment Reserve Fund – now known as the BAR Fund – of which €1.2 Billion is said to be available to Ireland, is used to redress the damage to the Irish Fishing Industry caused by the unfair loss of quota. A compensation package to be assessed and paid on the basis of the loss of earnings that will accrue from generation to generation and year after year into the future.

 

Flotilla Guidelines

  • Vessels assemble at Roches Point 7.00am
  • Please do not impede the safe travel of all other Commercial Marine Traffic.
  • Working Channel 6 for all communications, all route planning instructions to be followed.
  • Lead vessel MFV Ronan Ross will be the liaison with Cork Port Authority.
  • Speed limit in all areas must be adhered to.
  • Vessels to proceed upriver in single file formation to city quays
  • Larger Vessels will proceed first to enable berthing
  • Please see berthing plan provided by Port of Cork Company.
  • All Covid guidelines to be strictly followed
  • At an agreed time all vessels will sound their horns to remember our fellow fishermen lost at sea

Public Rally Guidelines

  • Please follow the Instructions of Garda Siochana and Rally Stewards at all times.
  • Rally will take place at quay area designated by Cork Port Authority
  • In accordance with Covid guidelines Groups of no more than 15 people can assemble together.
  • Social distance between groups to be maintained during rally
  • Stewards will be given clear instructions to ensure compliance with Covid distancing and stipulations that apply .i.e. Face masks to be worn.
  • Each vessel will designate a crew member to act as Stewart for the vessel crew during the rally
  • All crew are to remain with their vessels group during the rally.
See the berthing arrangements here: e Show and Tell Berthing
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