Cautious welcome for fishing quotas but Brexit threat looms large – Gallagher

first_imgFianna Fáil Spokesperson on Fisheries, Pat The Cope Gallagher, has cautiously welcomed fishing quotas for 2020 which have been decided early this morning in Brussels.The Donegal Deputy said there is a cautious welcome to the fishing quotas agreed for 2020 from his party and those Irish fishermen who watch so closely these yearly deliberations.He said “I do welcome the increases in quotas for mackerel and haddock given their importance to fishing vessels from the North West, in the case of the mackerel increase it is correcting the flawed advice provided by ICES last year. “The reduction in nephrops, and its importance to Irish fishermen, is very disappointing but not unexpected. What is more concerning is the situation post Brexit. 40% of our nephrops are caught in UK waters. This area could be removed entirely by January 1st 2021 which will severely limit Irish fishing vessels.“This is why the future relationship between the European Union and the UK is so important. Trade negotiations between the EU and UK will have the biggest outcome for our fishing fleet next year. There could be potentially devastating outcomes for fleets which would have to remain in Port as almost 3000km of a water border would need to be policed.“We depend so much on access to UK waters it is imperative fish and trade talks are to the fore of future negotiations. Minister Creed, Commissioner Hogan and others have a responsibility in these negotiations to advocate on behalf of the Irish commercial fishing industry,” concluded Deputy Gallagher.Cautious welcome for fishing quotas but Brexit threat looms large – Gallagher was last modified: December 18th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BrexitdonegalmackeralPt teh Copelast_img

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