Minister Charlie McConalogue meets seafood sector organisations on impacts of energy costs and discusses EU fisheries negotiations on quota setting for 2023
Minister McConalogue meets seafood sector organisations on impacts of energy costs and discusses EU fisheries negotiations on quota setting for 2023
Minister Charlie McConalogue today met representatives of the broad seafood sector covering the fishing fleet, aquaculture and processing.
The organisations at the meeting were the Irish South and East Fish Producer Organisation, the Irish Fish Producer Organisations, the Irish South and West Fishermen’s Organisation, Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation, Irish Island’s Marine Resource Producer Organisation, National Inshore Fisheries Forum, Irish Fish Processors and Exporters Organisation and IFA Aquaculture. Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) and the Marine Institute also attended.
The Minister provided an update on progress on the implementation of the recommendations of the Seafood Task Force.
Minister McConalogue said:
“I set out how each of the main support schemes recommended by the Seafood Task Force are progressing including the €24 million voluntary tie up scheme for the fishing fleet which continues to the end of November, the €60m voluntary decommissioning scheme which commenced in early September, the €45m processing capital, the €20m aquaculture growth schemes which opened at the end of August and the €25m Blue Economy Enterprise Scheme and the Fisheries Co-operative Transition Scheme. I listened to the requests from the sector to progress quickly the remaining schemes provided for in the Task Force report and I undertook to work to progress consideration of these proposals with Department of Public Expenditure and the EU State Aid approval processes.”