In the seventh FD Podcast of the series, editor Oliver McBride speaks to Minister for the Marine Charlie McConalogue on the crisis facing the Irish fishing industry

In this FD Podcast, The Fishing Daily editor, Oliver McBride speaks to Minister for the Marine, Charlie McConalogue regarding the crisis facing the Irish fishing industry post-Brexit and his experience of the virtual townhalls which he undertook recently.

The Minister answers questions on the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority, the new Control Plan, the new Masters Penalty Points Bill and if there is a future for young people in the industry.

The Irish fishing industry is in crisis between broken promises from the EU in the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement to the loss of the Control Plan due to an EU Commission decision based on “evidence” from the SFPA.

Seven months into his role as the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue is dealing with major issues on several fronts.

An angry and frustrated fishing industry, a fisheries control body that has been branded incompetent and battleing the EU Commission and other AGRIFISH Council Ministers from larger and more dominant Member States.

Irish fishermen want a fair share of the fish that is theirs in their own waters. They want recognition from the EU Commission and DG MARE, but feel that they are being ignored and squeezed out of their own industry.

Is this an attractive career for you people or should they drown themselves in debt to get into a dying industry.

In this interview, Oliver McBride talks to the Minister and asks him if the Government will review the legislation in regards to the SFPA and if the Dept of Agriculture, Food and the Marine will back fishermen over offshore windfarm developers and the Dept of the Environment when it comes to protecting traditional fishing grounds.

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