The Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food, and the Marine will hear from Irish inshore fishermen the crisis and pressing issues they are currently facing
The Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food, and the Marine is set to address the pressing issues of the inshore fishing crisis.
The meeting, scheduled for today, January 24, will be a platform for discussions on key challenges faced by the inshore fishing industry in Ireland and the potential implications of the Soil Monitoring Law on the agricultural sector.
17:30 – The Deepening Crisis in the Inshore Fishing Industry in Ireland
The first session will see the participation of representatives from the National Inshore Fishermen’s Association (NIFA). Committee Cathaoirleach Deputy Jackie Cahill emphasised the significance of today’s meeting, highlighting the severe challenges confronting the inshore fishing community. Inshore fishing, integral to the Irish economy and coastal communities, has been significantly impacted by recent events such as the COVID-19 pandemic and Brexit, leading to financial struggles for fishing families nationwide. Deputy Cahill expressed anticipation for insights from NIFA representatives and their proposed strategies to alleviate the crisis’s impact on coastal communities.
18:30 – Further Scrutiny of EU Legislative Proposals:
The second part of the session will involve discussions with Department officials regarding EU legislative proposals related to fishing opportunities and fishing stock in Ireland. This segment aims to provide a comprehensive examination of proposed legislation and its potential effects.
Committee Cathaoirleach Deputy Jackie Cahill stated, “The Committee looks forward to meeting with the National Inshore Fishermen’s Association (NIFA) and Department officials to discuss measures to reduce the impact of the crisis on inshore fishing and to discuss the implications of the Soil Monitoring Law on the Irish agricultural sector.”
The Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food, and the Marine comprises 14 members, including nine from the Dáil and five from the Seanad. The meeting, taking place in Committee Room 3, will be broadcast live on Oireachtas TV for public viewing.