Minister for the Marine, Charlie McConalogue and Deputy Christopher O’Sullivan meet NIFA in wake of shrimp market collapse
Cork South West Deputy Christopher O’Sullivan recently facilitated a meeting between NIFA (National Inshore Fishermen’s Association) and Minister for the Marine, Charlie McConalogue to discuss the plight of the shrimp market following its near total collapse.
“It was imperative the minister heard directly concerns faced by that sector,” Deputy O’Sullivan said.
“The meeting happened prior to Christmas where the NIFA pleaded with the minister to intervene some type of emergency support fund to help out the sector.
“There are there are a number of families along the Cork and Kerry coast, who are involved in inshore fishing as either a primary income or supplementary income. And this is impacting them negatively.”
A lot of the shrimp caught by Ireland’s inshore sector goes to Spain, Deputy O’Sullivan said.
But there has been a considerable reduction in the demand for the species in Spain, and many markets have closed entirely.
“This is another huge challenge face efficient sector,” Deputy O’Sullivan said.
“At the meeting we also raised the issue of fuel subsidy with the Minister to to try and deal with the significant increase in fuel costs faced by the entire fishery sector.”
The Minister introduced a emergency fund for the pig sector which faced similar market collapse, and said he would certainly listen to the concerns of the inshore fishing sector.
“I will keep this very much on the table with the minister at the intersector is so important to West Cork, and I will do everything to ensure that they are supported in every which way they can,” Deputy O’Sullivan said.
Another item for discussion with the Minster was recognition for NIFA as a PO. Deputy O’Sullivan said, “I’m delighted to confirm that NIFA now have PO status. They deserve it for the work they do in representing the inshore sector.”
Source: Press Release