A Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine report shows that mackerel and nephrops will take the biggest hit under the Brexit deal

A DAFM report shows that mackerel and nephrops will take the biggest hit under the Brexit deal. Photo: Michael McBride

The Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine has released its Preliminary Analysis of Reduction of Fisheries Quota Share under EU/UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) report.

The report was put together by the Department with the assistance of the Marine Institute and Bord Iascaigh Mhara. The report proposes to examine the impact of the fisheries framework agreement, on the Irish fishing industry.

The report shows that the western mackerel and nephrops fisheries are going to take the hardest hit. West of Scotland and Rockall fishing vessels will also take severe hits on demersal quotas with up to 22.6% being lost on haddock at Rockall.

On the level of quota transfer for Ireland the aggregate final (2026) quota transfer by Ireland is estimated to be €43m which amounts to a 15% reduction compared to the overall value of the 2020 Irish quotas. Table 1 outlines the reduction in value to Ireland by stock group in each year of the transition period.

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The final quota reduction (after the transition period) for key stocks to Ireland is as follows:

  • There will be a 26% reduction in our western mackerel quota share, our largest fishery.
  • In Ireland’s largest non-pelagic fishery, Nephrops 7 (Prawns), the Irish quota share reduction will be 14%.
  • The other whitefish fisheries where there are notable reductions are: Hake (Celtic Sea) 3%, Haddock (Celtic Sea) 11%, Haddock (Irish Sea) 16%, Haddock (Rockall) 22.6%, Megrim (Celtic Sea) 8%, Megrim (West of Scotland (19%), Anglerfish/Monkfish (Celtic Sea) 7%, Anglerfish/Monkfish (West of Scotland) 20%, and Pollack (Celtic Sea) 9%.
  • There is a reduction of 96% for Herring (Irish Sea).
  • Several smaller whitefish quotas in the Donegal/West of Scotland area have seen sizeable quota share reductions. The reductions in the Annexes are graduated over the 5.5 year period of reciprocal access, but the largest part of the reduction, 60%, is between 2020 and 2021.

The full report can be read here.

Report shows mackerel and nephrops to take biggest hit in Brexit deal

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