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The IS&WFPO has called for urgent action to address the decline in the Irish catching and processing industry stating the EU’s CFP has failed

The Irish South and West Fish Producers Organisation (IS&WFPO) has issued a stark warning about the ongoing decline of Ireland’s fishing and processing industry.

 In a recent press release, the IS&WFPO highlighted several critical issues impacting the sector, including new entrants to marine spaces, offshore wind farms, and the lack of serious consideration for marine habitats and spawning grounds by the European Commission, MEPs, and the Irish Government.

 

Impact of Brexit and Common Fishery Policy

The IS&WFPO detailed the severe financial losses experienced by Ireland’s fishing sector due to Brexit. From 2020 to 2024, the industry has lost €140 million, amounting to 40% of the negotiated cost for access to UK waters. This loss has significantly weakened the resilience of both the processing and catching sectors, with the government failing to implement policies to address these growing challenges.

The organisation argues that the Common Fishery Policy has failed Ireland. Unlike other nations, Ireland’s contributions were not considered fairly during the Brexit negotiations. For instance, Denmark’s stability was taken into account when the new allocation for 12,000 tonnes of Northeast Mackerel was decided at the December Council of Ministers in Brussels.

Decommissioning and Zero Catch Options

Decommissioning schemes across Europe have further exposed the need to review the Common Fishery Policy. Nine Irish fish stocks were given zero catch options for 2024 by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), adding pressure to an already strained industry. The IS&WFPO is calling for an immediate and comprehensive review of the policy to address these challenges.

 

Marine Protected Areas and Offshore Renewable Energy

The future introduction of marine protected areas, set at 30%, and the allocation of fishing grounds to offshore renewable energy projects pose significant threats to the industry. The IS&WFPO demands recognition of the rights of Irish fishers, who face losing access to traditional fishing areas.

 

Regulatory and Competitive Disadvantages

The IS&WFPO highlighted contradictions within the Control Regulation for fisheries, which impact multi-annual plans, landing obligations, and the use of various legal catch quotas. Members feel there is an uneven playing field among EU member states’ fleets. Additionally, a lack of harmonisation in individual control plans negatively affects Ireland’s processing sector. Fishermen are opting not to land their catches in Ireland due to control plans that force them to record incorrect catch figures.

 

Call for Government and EU Support

The IS&WFPO urges the Irish Government, European Parliament, and European Commission to acknowledge Ireland’s marine resources and afford them the same value as finite oil resources. The organisation stresses the need for regular engagement with the Minister of Marine and targeted working groups to address the myriad issues facing Ireland’s seafood sector.

 

Source: Press Release

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