In the eleventh FD Podcast of the series, editor Oliver McBride, The Fishing Daily editor,speaks to Irish Minister for the Marine Charlie McConalogue TD
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD, chats to The Fishing Daily Editor, Oliver McBride about the Irish fishing industry.
The Minister reaffirms his commitment to fight for the Irish fishing industry in EU negotiations on reforming the Common Fisheries Policy.
In the podcast the Minister discusses a wide range of issues from his summer project of visiting fishing harbours around Ireland, where the control plan is at and when the industry should expect to hear the final report from the Seafood Sector Taskforce.
The Minister also talks about recent events after the Dublin Rally by the Irish fishing industry where 74 fishing vessels and thousands of people from coastal communities attended the event.
In the podcast, the Minister is questioned about the reaction of his EU colleagues to his speech at the EU AGRIFISH Council, where he called for the imbalance suffered by Irish fishers over Brexit needed to be redressed.
The Minister says that he, his department and all of his government colleagues are committed to getting Irish fishers a fair deal in the renegotiation talks on the Common Fisheries Policy.
The podcast also examines the concerns on the reduction of quotas on fish stocks that the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas has advised and the potential further squeeze this may have on the industry.
The Minister discusses the current situation of the Mackerel Hook and Line Fishery and the National Marine Planning Framework and the Maritime Planning Bill, where he said that he and his department would work in the interest of fishers receiving a fair hearing when it came to planning applications for offshore projects.
The Minister also took questions on the growing number of salmon fish farms and the concerns of inshore fishers over displacement and other environmental effects such projects have on the natural marine environment.