The new Minister for the Marine, Barry Cowen, TD has stated his ambitions for the future of the Irish fishing industry
The new Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM), Barry Cowen, TD has stated his ambition for the Irish fishing industry in a press release today.
The press release was in conjunction with Climate Ambition and agriculture but in it he addressed his ambitions for the sector in the coming weeks of EU-UK Future Relationship Negotiations.
DAFM’s press release reads:
In relation to fisheries, the Commission presented its communication on the state of play and orientation for 2021 fishing opportunities. Minister Cowen noted the significant progress being made towards delivering sustainability in the fisheries which is of huge importance to Ireland. Minister Cowen said “there has been considerable progress made in rebuilding fish stocks in recent years under the framework of the Common Fisheries Policy thanks to the efforts made by the fishing sector itself in particular and other stakeholders. However, I made clear that we face serious issues involving our quotas shares and access to UK waters as the negotiations with the UK on a new fisheries agreement continue. I emphasised that Ireland, as an island nation, is committed to protecting the interests of our fishing industry and will continue to work constructively to meet the challenges that will undoubtedly arise over the coming weeks and months.”