Minister Charlie McConalogue says that the government is working intensively on getting access to traditional fishing grounds at Rockall
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue says that the government is working hard on getting access for Irish boats to their traditional fishing grounds at Rockall.
Irish fishing boats have been locked out of the 12 nautical mile limit around Rockall by the Scottish government since January 2021 when Brexit came into effect. The Scottish government are claiming that Irish vessels are not licenced to fish the area under the terms of licences issued following the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement. Irish boats have traditionally fished squid, a non-quota species, and haddock in the area but now vessels are being forced to tie-up, putting in jeopardy fishing jobs and the future of the boats themselves.
“In May, I launched a 2022 Brexit Voluntary Temporary Fishing Vessel Tie-up Scheme, as recommended by the Seafood Sector Task Force. The scheme is an extension of the 2021 Tie-up scheme, with some modifications, and will help mitigate the impacts of quota cuts for 2022 arising from the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement. For 2022, eligible vessels may tie up for two, non-sequential months but eligible Rockall squid vessels may tie up for two consecutive months, due to the short length and seasonality of this fishery.”