The Fishing Daily Podcast Series 3 Episode 06 – Patrick Murphy from the Irish South &West Fish Producers Organisation speaks to Oliver McBride, Editor of The Fishing Daily on why the Court of Appeal decision in the six-mile limit exclusion zone case will have far reaching consequences for the Irish government.
Patrick Murphy on why Court of Appeal decision will have far reaching consequences
Patrick says that he welcomes the decision of the Court of Appeal regarding the case concerning the introduction of a six-nautical mile exclusion zone on fishing vessels of 18-metres in length overall from trawling or seine-netting.
The Court of Appeal has quashed Policy Directive No. 1 of 2019, introduced by then Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD with Mr Justice Murray, the presiding judge, ruling that the Irish government must consult other European countries before introducing regulations in Irish waters.
This judgement of the Court of Appeal will have a wide-ranging effect on government consultations regarding offshore renewable energy and marine protected areas.
The actions of the Irish government and its agencies with regards to the introduction of ORE without prior consultation with the fishing industry has long been a bone of contention within the sector. The government was keen enough to deprive Irish fishermen of their traditional fishing grounds in order to make way for ORE developers but now, other nations that are licensed to fish in Irish waters will be entitled to the same level of rights.
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