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Anglers Support Hugh's Fish Fight
The Angling Trades Association (ATA) has announced its support for TV chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's 'Fish Fight' campaign to bring an end to the practice of discarding commercially-caught sea fish. Last week saw the shocking news that half of all fish…
Ministers Meet World's Biggest Seafood Company
Minister Brendan Smith and Minister Sean Connick meet with the new International CEO of Marine Harvest International and the Head of their Irish Operations to discuss plans for expansion of production & employment in Ireland The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries…
Minister Welcomes Improvement in Sea Lice Management on Salmon Farms
Minister of State (with responsibility for fisheries) Sean Connick TD today published the report of the National Implementation Group established in December 2008 to oversee the implementation of the Strategy for Improved Pest Control on Irish Salmon Farms, published in…
EU 'Must Assist' Irish Fishing in Reviving Stocks
The Irish Seal Sanctuary has called on the EU to assist fishermen in the switch to selective fishing gear to help restore viable stocks in Ireland's waters, the Irish Environment Network reports. http://www.ien.ie/news/irish-seal-sanctuary-proposes-new-management-plan-to-save-irish-sea/ EU Commissioner Maria Damanaki had threatened to…
Minister Connick Delivers Quotas Worth €223 million for Irish Fishermen in 2011
Mr. Sean Connick, T.D. Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food welcomed the agreement reached after two days of talks in Brussels on 2011 quotas for the Irish fishing fleet. The final agreement will deliver whitefish…
EU Seafood Labelling Rules 'Not Being Enforced'
Next time you buy fish at the supermarket, it may not be what it appears to be - according to the authors of a new paper on truth in food labelling in the European seafood industry. Mother Jones reports that…
Scottish fishermen have taken exception to a new ban on fishing for scallops in the Irish Sea around the Isle of Man. Authorities on the island introduced the bylaw in reaction to what they perceive as dangerous levels of overfishing…
Grant Aid Announced for 129 Fisheries Projects
Sean Connick TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, today announced grant aid support for 129 projects. The European Fisheries Fund provides co-funding for specific projects which are outlined in the appendix. Grant-aid of €1,122,084…
Ireland Opposes Transfer of Fish Quotas to Norway
At today's meeting of the Council of Agriculture and Fisheries Ministers in Luxembourg, Sean Connick TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, strongly defended Ireland's position opposing the transfer of Ireland's fish quotas to Norway…
Fishermen Rewarded with Prestigious Marine Stewardship Certificates
Fishermen in the south-east have achieved the much sought after Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Certification. Certification of this Mackerel fishery indicates the use of sustainable fishing practices and can be used to strongly promote continued market share and future development…
Ministers Meet to Identify Fishing Priorities
The Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Sean Connick TD, met today in Dublin with Minister Michelle Gildernew MP MLA, of Northern Ireland's Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. Minister Connick described the meeting as…
New Safety Regs Anger Fishermen
New regulations that may force smaller vessels out of the Irish fishing fleet have come in to force. Fishermens organisations have reacted angrily to meeting the high cost of what they call 'over zealous' safety regulations. Lorna Siggins has more…
Connick Leads Criticism of 'Unsustainable' Mackerel Fishing by Iceland and Faeroes
At today's Council of Agriculture and Fisheries Ministers Meeting in Brussels, Sean Connick TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, welcomed the opportunity to prepare for negotiations on the current international impasse with Iceland and…
Seafood Companies Get €1.75m Boost
Sean Connick TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food today announced €1.13 million in grant-aid for Irish Seafood Processing companies under the Seafood Processing Business Development Scheme, and a further €623,620 for aquaculture companies under…
Former Obama Adviser sees a "Rebirth" in the Use of Industry Information to Guide Scientists
Over 200 fishers and fisheries scientists from all over the world gathered in Galway yesterday (23rd August) for a unique four-day conference to share information on fish stocks. Dr. Peter Heffernan (Marine Institute) with Martin Pastoors (IMARES, The Netherlands) and…
Ireland and Norway to Exchange Information on Fish Landings
With a view to enhancing existing fisheries control and monitoring arrangements between Ireland and Norway, the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) and the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries have signed a bi-lateral agreement on the 11th of August 2010. The fisheries control…

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