Poots publishes report on fishing and seafood sector
The report was produced by the Fisheries and Seafood Development Program (FSDP), which was established by the Ministry of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) to conduct a review strategic development opportunities for the sea fishing and seafood sectors in NI as a whole, including the potential role of new public investments in infrastructure.
The report focuses on recommendations for capital investments in major fishing ports and highlights a number of challenges and opportunities for the industry at large that could be addressed under a future program. financial support for fishing.
– Reinforcement of the capacities of Ardglass to ensure the safety of fishing and processing companies.
– Development of Kilkeel as a potential Irish Sea hub for fishing and maritime economy by increasing port capacity and onshore facilities.
– Investment in the port area of Portavogie to enable it to take advantage of future “Blue Economy” opportunities.
– Create conditions leading to investments in more modern and fuel efficient vessels with low emissions and better facilities for crews.
– Further reduce the environmental impact of the fishing fleet
– Adopt a new technology to develop marine aquaculture
– Take advantage of opportunities to leave the EU to develop exports of high-value seafood products to the EU and beyond.
– Innovation to develop higher value seafood and better use of waste.
– Investment in knowledge and skills to support the maritime economy.
– Modernization of small ports and harbors to support the coastal fishing sector.
Commenting on the report, Minister Poots said: “I hope the release of the FSDP report marks the start of a new chapter in the history of the fishing industry here. The report highlights the considerable investments needed to help the industry adjust to the challenges it faces and seize the opportunities that arise as a result of the UK’s exit from the European Union.
“We need to build a stronger and more resilient fishing and seafood industry capable of adapting to change. Of course, it won’t be easy, but I hope that with the collaboration of government and industry, we can build new infrastructure, become more prosperous, improve the marine environment and strengthen our reputation as fruit suppliers. quality sustainable seafood.
“My ministry will work with stakeholders to discuss the findings of the report over the next few weeks and I hope we can move on to the next phase of work on port investment shortly. Later this year, we will also consult on plans for a future fishing fund to meet the broader needs of the fishing industry. “
The report can be downloaded at https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/publications/fsdp