Marine Minister’s breakthrough in Brussels good news for Galway’s fisheries industry
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney’s success on Monday in preventing the privatisation of fish quotas at the Common Fisheries Policy negotiations is good news for Galway and the West’s fishing industry.
Commented Galway West TD, Seán Kyne: “The EU Commission was proposing that Member States privatise national fish quotas to allow them to be traded on the open market. Such a measure would have been detrimental to local Galway-based fishing co-ops and communities.
“Minister Coveney has been vociferous in outlining the damage that allowing national fish quotas to be privatised and sold on the market would cause. And I agree with the Minister’s estimation that if this were to happen fish quotas could be bought by international corporations bringing an end to the landing and processing of catches in our coastal communities thereby resulting in substantial job losses.
“The decision of the Council of Ministers not to adopt the Commission proposals will ensure the continuation of fish quotas as a State-owned national asset benefiting our coastal communities.
“The Minister and the Irish negotiators are continuing to emphasise the importance of a research and development, seafood innovation and scientific development focus for the new Common Fisheries Policy which will help ensure greater sustainability regarding fish stocks.
“Such a focus, alongside the retention of national fish quotas, will bring clarity and certainty to fisheries plans already underway such as the Bord Iascaigh Mhara Aran Island Fish Farm plan which has the potential to create up to 500 new jobs in the Aran Island/Connemara region,” concluded Deputy Kyne.