McConalogue launches Brexit Tie-Up Scheme – Highland Radio
Agriculture and Navy Minister Charlie McConalogue has announced the launch of a temporary stowage program for the Irish fishing fleet to help counter the impact of Brexit.
He says the program will help mitigate the impacts of quota cuts on the fishing fleet resulting from the agreement reached in December between the EU and the UK.
The program will operate from October to December, with payments ranging from € 4,600 to € 88,700, depending on the size of the vessel.
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McConalogue announces the opening of the Brexit Tie-up Scheme for the fishing fleet
Agriculture, Food and Navy Minister Charlie McConalogue today announced the launch of a temporary Brexit fleet immobilization program. The program will help mitigate the impacts of quota reductions on the fishing fleet resulting from the trade and cooperation agreement concluded in December between the European Union and the United Kingdom. The program responds to a recommendation of the seafood sector working group in its interim report of June 2021. The program is targeted at ice fishing vessels in the multipurpose trawl and beam trawl segments.
The minister said: “Due to the trade and cooperation agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom, Ireland is expected to lose 26,412 tonnes of allowances per year on a phased basis until 2026, for worth around 43 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. Working Group I established in March carefully considered this issue and recommended in its report interim of June 2021 that a temporary link with the fleet should be implemented so that the whitefish fleet makes the best use of the reduced quota available in 2021 and to ensure continuity of supply during the rest of this year ”.
The Minister added: “The device that I am launching today will invite the vessels of 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 quayside. and cease all fishing activity for that month. In return, the owner would receive payment to compensate for lost fishing income. The shipowners will in turn be required to distribute one third of this payment to the crew. The following payment rates will apply ”.
|Vessel size||Payment for one month|
|Less than 10m||€ 4,600|
The program will be administered by Bord Iascaigh Mhara and further details will be available from BIM in due course at https://bim.ie/fisheries/funding/.