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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…
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. 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…

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