MCHUGH WELCOMES BREAKTHROUGH IN NEGOTIATIONS FOR SMALL FISHERMEN

first_imgDonegal TD Joe McHugh has welcomed agreement between the European Council and the European Parliament, which is expected to allow for the establishment from Jan 1st 2013 of a new gillnet lesser spotted dogfish fishery for inshore fishermen in Area VIa of Irish waters.Speaking to www.DonegalDaily.com on Friday, Deputy McHugh said “This week there has been agreement between the European Council and the European Parliament on transitional technical measures, to allow for the establishment in Area VIa (northwest) of Irish waters, of a new gillnet fishery for lesser spotted dogfish, and for a new jigging fishery for saithe. “On foot of the the agreement that has been reached, these new fisheries are expected to be formally approved shortly by the European Council and the European Parliament, and both fisheries should commence from the beginning of next year,” he said.He added that this breakthrough in negotiations between European governments means that there is agreement for small inshore fishermen in Area VIa to catch lesser spotted dogfish using gillnets of mesh size greater than 90mm (3.5 inches), provided that the gillnets are deployed within 3 nautical miles of the coastline and for a maximum of 10 days per calendar month.Other conditions will include maximum gillnet length of gillnet of 1,000m; maximum soak time of 24 hours; and that at least 70% of the catch be made up of lesser spotted dogfish. This new fishery will be exclusive to Area VIa.“I have been campaigning for the opening of this fishery for small inshore fishermen in Area VIa since 2009, when I first proposed the creation of a lesser spotted dogfish fishery for Area VIa. I commend Minister Coveney and his Department officials along with BIM and the Marine Institute who have been working hard on this issue at both EU, national and local levels, and for the great progress that has been made to-date. “Lesser spotted dogfish is not edible for humans, but is usable as bait for crab fishing and lobster fishing. Some fishermen are importing lesser spotted dogfish at for bait at a cost of upwards on €200 a day, which is an enormous expense.“Subject to the approval of the EU Council of Ministers and of the European Parliament, this new fishery will potentially create a new mini bait industry for hard-pressed inshore fishermen, enabling Irish crab and lobster fishermen to source bait locally.”MCHUGH WELCOMES BREAKTHROUGH IN NEGOTIATIONS FOR SMALL FISHERMEN was last modified: November 9th, 2012 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:fishermenJoe McHughlast_img read more

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