Ireland is to receive €148 million in EU funds over the next six years under the Common Fisheries Policy. The Common Fisheries Policy manages the fishing industry, fleets and stocks in the EU and aims to give all European fleets equal access to fishing grounds while promoting sustainable fishing and conservation practices.
Under Ireland’s Presidency of the EU last year the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney ably represented Ireland in the design of a new and reformed Common Fisheries Policy. Under the new CFP Ireland will receive more than double the funding (up from €70m to €148m) which will support our people working in the seafood industry including fishing and processing in our coastal communities.
Nationally over 11,000 people are employed in the fisheries and seafood sector which plays a vital role in towns and village in Galway, Mayo and right around the country.
The new Common Fisheries Policy and the corresponding funding will also help to make fishing a more sustainable sector. The practice of disgarding will be abolished, quotas will be based on maximum sustainable yield and there will be a new regional-based policy approach to reflect the different challenges facing the sector across the country.