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Illegal Fishing Won't Slip Through the Net
Jim Higgins MEP for the North West has welcomed the now fully operation new EU fisheries control system which toughens an already established zero-tolerance stance on the issue. "Traceability is central to these new rules, 'from net to plate'. It…
Higgins Asks EU for Progress on Shark Finning Laws
Jim Higgins MEP has asked the European Commission to outline its progress on the review of shark finning legislation, which he says should be updated to close a loophole allowing the illegal activity to persist in the EU. "Environmental experts…
Coveney to Focus on Future of Coastal Communities
Simon Coveney TD, Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food yesterday, 21st March, held a bilateral meeting with Minister Rosa Aguilar, Minister of Environment, Rural and Maritime Affairs in Madrid to discuss the planned reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP)…
European Commission Penalise Spanish for Over-fishing
In a move to protect dwindling fish stocks, the European Commission recently took decisive action by significantly reducing Spain's mackerel quotas over the next few years as a result of over-fishing. This over-fishing of mackerel by the Spanish has been…
IWT Welcomes EU Ban on Fish Discards
The Irish Wildlife Trust has welcomed the proposed EU ban on discarding fish as part of the Common Fisheries Policy. The organisation said it was a "vital step" towards "restoring the ecological balance in Irish seas". IWT chairman Pádraic Fogarty…
Pest Control at Salmon Farms 'Insufficient'
Scientists have expressed disappointment after the publication of a report into strategies for improved pest control in Ireland's salmon farms. According to The Irish Times, experts from Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) said the findings of the National Implementation Group were…
Deadliest Catch Star Warns of Threat to Small-Boat Fishing
The Common Fisheries Policy will wipe out coastal communities in Ireland, according to a star of TV's Deadliest Catch. Corey Arnold, who was in Galway today to speak at the Irish Skipper Expo, has spent time working with small-boat fishermen…
New Fisheries Protection Vessel for Northern Ireland
A new fisheries protection vessel (FPV) for Northern Ireland was commissioned in a ceremony presided by the fisheries Minister Michelle Gildernew MP, MLA in Bangor Harbour on Thursday, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Banríon Uladh which cost £2.2m (with 50% funding…
Tackling the Wasteful Practice of Discarding Fish at Sea
Mr Brendan Smith, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries & Food, today outlined Ireland's proposals for dealing with the complex issue of fish discarding at a joint meeting of European Fisheries Ministers and the European Parliament organised by Commissioner Maria Damanaki, the…
Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority Announce Partnership with National Learning Network
The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) has today (Friday, 11th February 2011) announced the official launch of a partnership with National Learning Network (NLN) at an event in the Radisson Hotel, Dublin. The partnership will see six National Learning Network students…
Openings on National Inland Fisheries Forum
Inland Fisheries is seeking members for the national inland fisheries forum. The details are published this morning in an advertisement in the Irish Times. More from
Significant EU Fishing Reforms On The Way
Fishing boats will have to land their entire catch - whether or not the fish are in a saleable condition - according to new European Union proposals. The Guardian reports that EU fisheries commissioner Maria Damanaki has pledged to bring…
Seafood Firm Meets Ministers Over Expansion Plans
Minister for Fisheries and Food Brendan Smith and Minister of State Sean Connick have met one of the world’s biggest seafood companies to discuss the potential for expansion of the industry in Ireland, the Irish Times reports. Marine Harvest,…
Study of NI Waters Shows Cod, Whiting at Lowest Levels
A new study of Northern Ireland's waters has found that stocks of cod and whiting are at their lowest ever recorded levels. The Northern Ireland State of the Seas report, launched by NI environment minister Edwin Poots and agriculture minister…
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…

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