A nice welcome for the mooring system in the fishing sector
A WEST Cork-based fishing organization has warmly welcomed the government’s proposed fleet lockdown program to help mitigate the impacts of quota cuts resulting from Brexit. It will take place between October and December.
Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue announced the temporary scheme which he said responds to a recommendation by the seafood sector task force in its June 2021 interim report. Address to whitefish fishing vessels in the multipurpose and beam trawl segments.
The minister said: “Under the trade and cooperation agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom, Ireland is expected to lose 26,412 tonnes of quota per year on a phased basis until 2026, for worth around 4 million euros.
“These quota reductions affect many of our most valuable fish stocks and have significant impacts on the income of our fishing fleet in 2021.
“The working group I created in March carefully considered this issue and recommended in its June 2021 interim report that a temporary fleet immobilization program should be implemented.”
The program will invite vessels in the multipurpose and beam trawl segments to moor for a period of one month from October to December 2021.
These vessels would moor at the wharf and cease all fishing activity for that month.
In return, the shipowner would receive payment and be required to distribute one-third of that payment to the crew.
Prices range from € 4,600 for vessels under 10m to € 88,700 for those from 24 to 40m.
However, the program, administered by Bord Iascaigh Mhara, was not well received in West Cork this week.
“The program has a total budget of 10 million euros, which is a paltry sum, representing 40 million euros less than what is ‘stolen’ from our coastal communities each year by the last Christmas trade deal. “said Patrick Murphy of Irish South and Western Fish Producers Organization (IS & WFPO).
“This approximation scheme had to be submitted to the European Commission for its prior approval and for a relaxation of European state aid rules before Ireland could announce the expenditure of this single budget of 10 million euros. euros for our fishing fleet permanently assigned up to 2,000 registered vessels.
“We believe that this announcement of a paltry 10 million euros expenditure this year will be far from replacing the enormous and permanent losses suffered by our fishing industry due to the use of our native natural resources as currency. exchange by EU leaders This comes at the cost of thousands of Irish jobs, our island’s coastline being the most rural and remote in the EU, ”he said.
“What we fear now is that the worst is to follow under the guise of a ‘voluntary’ decommissioning plan which will remove dozens of fishing boats from our fleet and deprive our coasts of hundreds of families who will be forced to migrate to our already overcrowded and overpriced cities.
“We are sure that there will be nothing ‘voluntary’ about any decommissioning program,” continued Mr. Murphy.
“Without an immediate return of the fish that were illegally caught in our country, repeating the mistakes made in the Common Fisheries Policy of 1983 and again in 1992, 2002 and 2013, we Irish find ourselves fishing a miserable 15% of fish in our waters. The fact that this 85% of Irish fish is reserved for the fishing communities of Spain, France, Belgium and Holland leaves our fishermen excluded from the fishing traditions handed down from father to son for generations. ‘