Irish Seafood Sector demands immediate action on fuel crisis and call on Minister Charlie McConalogue to announce a national scheme
Minister McConalogue Must Announce National Scheme Without Delay
Irish fishing and seafood organisations say they are shocked and disappointed at the Minister for the Marine’s failure to address the fuel crisis facing the sector.
They are calling on Charlie McConalogue and the Irish Government to set up a national scheme, and drawdown existing EU funds to cover extra fuel costs.
A joint statement from eight bodies follows what they describe as a lengthy but inconclusive meeting with the Minister earlier this week. At this meeting, they demanded immediate action to mitigate the huge increase in additional costs, such as fuel and energy, due to the Ukraine war.
The delegation consisted of the Irish Fish Producers Organisation (IFPO), Irish South and West Fish Producers Organisation (IS&WFPO), the Irish Fish Processors and Exporters Association (IFPEA), the Irish Farmers’ Association aquaculture (IFA Aquaculture), the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO), the Irish Islands Marine Resource Organisation (IIMRO), the Irish South and East Fish Producers Organisation (IS&EFPO) and Ireland’s seven Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs).
Source: Press Release