The Irish South and West Fish Producers Organisation has today proposed their plan to save the Irish fishing industry to Minister McConalogue

The Irish South and West Fish Producers Organisation has today proposed their plan to save the Irish fishing industry to Minister McConalogue

The Irish South and West Fish Producers Organisation has today proposed a 12-point plan to save the Irish fishing industry and believe that their plan would be more beneficial in growing the industry rather that the shutdown plan proposed in the Seafood Sector Taskforce Report.

The IS&WFPO made the presentation to the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine at the Irish Skipper Expo in Limerick this morning where the Minister met with representatives of the fishing and processing industries.

The 12-point plan is as below:

PLAN TO SAVE THE IRISH FISHING INDUSTRY

  • The Brexit TCA Agreement between EU and UK was both unfair and unjust and specifically penalised Ireland’s Fishing Industry. There must be a levelling up process to create a level playing field between all Member States.

 

  • The revoking of Ireland’s Fish Landing Control Plan by the EU Commission that impacts the reputation of the entire Irish Fishing Industry must not be allowed to destroy Ireland’s reputation in the production of Premium Quality Fish. This must be reversed with immediate effect and the new Plan recently submitted by Ireland must be Adopted.
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The Irish South and West Fish Producers Organisation has today proposed a 12-point plan to save the Irish fishing industry and believe that their plan would be more beneficial in growing the industry rather that the shutdown plan proposed in the Seafood Sector Taskforce Report.

The IS&WFPO made the presentation to the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine at the Irish Skipper Expo in Limerick this morning where the Minister met with representatives of the fishing and processing industries.

The 12-point plan is as below:

PLAN TO SAVE THE IRISH FISHING INDUSTRY

  • The Brexit TCA Agreement between EU and UK was both unfair and unjust and specifically penalised Ireland’s Fishing Industry. There must be a levelling up process to create a level playing field between all Member States.

 

  • The revoking of Ireland’s Fish Landing Control Plan by the EU Commission that impacts the reputation of the entire Irish Fishing Industry must not be allowed to destroy Ireland’s reputation in the production of Premium Quality Fish. This must be reversed with immediate effect and the new Plan recently submitted by Ireland must be Adopted.
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  • Traditional access to our fishing grounds at Rockall must be reinstated immediately with a Bilateral Agreement between Ireland and UK / Scotland similar to the arrangements in place up to 2019 and similar to the Access Agreement agreed between France and UK allowing French boats to fish inside UK Territorial Waters.

 

  • On Enforcement, we submit that Penalty Points for Fisheries Offences must be based on a burden of proof that is ‘beyond a reasonable doubt’ and Fishermen and women must be able to Appeal to the High Court on more than just a point of law. Penalty Points cannot remain on a Licence if successful in the High Court and nor should Penalty Points remain on a License if a Criminal Prosecution fails. The entirely Discriminatory Penalty Points system directed against Irish Citizen Skippers of Fishing Boats must be amended to mirror other systems in our fellow Member States to ensure a level playing field.

 

  • The Brexit Adjustment Reserve Fund – now known as the BAR Fund – of which €1.2 Billion is available to Ireland must be used to redress the damage caused to the Irish Fishing Industry by the unfair loss of quota suffered by Irish Fishing enterprises.

 

  • The Migrant Workers Atypical Scheme governing non- EU / EEA Fishers must be reviewed to ensure a level playing-pitch and equality of opportunity for all those working in the Irish Fishing Industry & Argi-Food Sector.

 

  • The Third Decommissioning Scheme of Irish Fishing Vessels since we joined the EU must reflect the open market value of the boats being decommissioned and Additional Compensation should be available to these people who have invested their lives into this Industry who are now being forced out at significant financial loss.

 

  • Ireland must insist on a full and comprehensive review of the EU Common Fisheries Policy in Brussels this year to ensure that there is a levelling up of Fishing Opportunities between Member States and ensure that Fishing Opportunities are allocated to Ireland in accordance with the provisions of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea of 1982 and 1995 which Ireland introduced into Irish Law in the Sea Fisheries & Maritime Jurisdiction Act of 2006. This guarantees the Rights of Coastal States to fish for and catch the Stocks in their waters. It is only through ensuring that Ireland is granted it’s just and rightful share of the Fishing Opportunities in Irish Waters that the sustainability of our Coastal Communities can be guaranteed.

 

  • Ireland must use the United Nations UNCLOS Law of the Sea Treaty signed up to by Europe in 1995 that specifically identifies the Rights of the people, whose Waters are Sovereign, who are closest to the resource and that they must be the ones to benefit from the resource the most.

 

  • It has been the failure by successive Irish Governments to ensure that Ireland is granted it’s just share of the Fishing Opportunities in our own Waters that is the direct cause of plans to Decommission another 60 boats from our Fishing Fleet which will cause untold hardship to our Coastal Communities.

 

  • Brexit has meant a realignment of Fishing opportunities, and this coupled with Climate Change requires that a full review of the Common Fisheries policy must be carried out to ensure that the people who are most dependant on the shared resource are protected by the European Commission, the Member States and those elected to the European Parliament. The only solution that can be accepted by the families of fishermen from our Irish Nation who contribute the most lucrative fishing grounds to the whole of Europe is an Equal Share and an Equal Opportunity to catch a sustainable amount of fish from our own EEZ and ensure a sustainable Socio-economic future for the people living and working in our coastal communities.

 

  • The simple solution we are demanding, is for a fair share of the fish that breed, spawn and develop in our waters, a share that protects the financial viability of our dramatically reduced fleet so a true level playing field as promised by the EU is afforded to our fishermen and women who meet the criteria to receive protection by calling themselves an Indigenous people with heritage and customs unique to them alone.

Source: Press Release

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