Exploiting Irish Fishermen – the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy 

Irish Fishing Communities document their stories to raise awareness amongst our TD’s and the general public of the continuing theft of our greatest natural resource by our EU neighbours. 

Following on from the protest flotillas held in Cork and Dublin earlier this year. Irish Fishermen have enlisted the help of Sean Moroney, Santander Media from Kilmore Quay to document and highlight the continuing issue of the unfair and disproportionate share of fish that Irish boats can catch in our own waters. 

Sean Moroney is the creator of The Fishers Voice, a social media initiative created to garner support for the plight of Irish fishermen who feel they go unheard by our government and representatives. With the support of Niall Duffy, Sean travelled the country to record the voices of Irish fishing communities in crisis. 

The result of this collaboration is a 26-minute documentary that will be screened to T.D’s and media on 29th September at Buswells Hotel before being released on social media to the public. Invitations have been sent to all the political party leaders, fisheries spokespersons and coastal community T.D’s to attend the screenings. A link to view the documentary will also be sent to all sitting T.D’s and Senators who cannot attend on the day. 

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Five months in the making, this documentary lifts the lid on decades of unfairness, whereby the EU, under the Common Fisheries Policy, allocated the lion’s share 85% of the Total Allowable Catch (Quota) to the mainland European countries, despite the majority of this fishing taking place in Irish Waters. 

You will see the effect on entire coastal communities of Irish fishermen denied the equal rights and equal opportunities to fish in our own Irish Waters, while having to watch French, Dutch, Belgian, Spanish and other EU vessels land tens of thousands of tons of fish on Irish piers and drive them away in trucks, for processing in Europe, all with the full backing of the Irish government over decades. 

Belgium, as a case in point, has 0.1% of EU fishing grounds while Ireland has 10%. Yet the Belgian fleet has a greater quota for some prime species in Irish waters than local Irish fishermen. 

In the documentary, individual fishermen and business owners, who rely on the fishing industry for their income, speak out about how the continuing lack of access to the raw material i.e., fish in Irish waters is causing a crisis in our coastal communities where some towns derive as much as 90% of the local economy from fishing. 

From the Malin Head Peninsula in Donegal to the Beara Peninsula in West Cork, our fishing communities have been suffering in silence for too long. With this documentary they finally feel their story is being told. 

 Source: Press Release

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Exploiting Irish Fishermen – the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy 

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