McHugh congratulates Minister Creed as Donegal fishermen to benefit from increases in quotas

first_imgDeputy Joe McHugh has congratulated his Cabinet colleague Minister Michael Creed today on securing big increases in quotas for fishermen in Donegal next year.The fisheries sector in Killybegs and Greencastle will get huge increases across several sectors.“The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D. secured a total package of fish quotas worth €266 million for Irish fishermen for 2018,” said Minister McHugh. “This is particularly good news in the North West, with a 20% increase in monkfish, a 21% increase for horse mackerel and a 26% increase in the haddock for the ports of Greencastle and Killybegs.“For 2018, a total of 40,168 tonnes of whitefish quotas were agreed. The total €152m value of the whitefish quotas secured for the Irish fishing fleet amounts to an 8% increase in value from last year and a 3% increase in volume.“I want to congratulate Minister Creed, his officials and the Irish negotiating team for their hard work on behalf of all Irish fishing groups and in particular on behalf of Donegal and our important ports in Killybegs and Greencastle.”Minister Creed said: “I am satisfied that this is a good and balanced result overall. “The rebuilding of many of our stocks is also demonstrated by a 34% increase in our whitefish quotas off the north-west coast and a 64% increase in the Irish Sea compared to 5 years ago – both areas where stocks were depleted.”A very difficult proposal concerned our recreational sea bass fishery where the Commission had sought a complete ban on angling for 6 months of the year.Minister Creed successfully argued for an all year round ‘catch and release’ fishery that would not endanger the stock while protecting this vital tourism resource.The Minister spoke of his satisfaction that in this year’s Council another important step has been to deliver stocks at maximum sustainable levels.“The progress we have made this year will continue the journey we are all on to rebuild our fish stocks which underpin the future of our industry and our coastal communities.” The Minister concluded “There were a number of difficult issues facing us this year but I believe that the final package is a balanced and sustainable one.“I would also like to express my appreciation for the cooperation and assistance I received from the fishing industry and NGO representatives in Brussels during the negotiations and in the months preceding them.”The main outcomes negotiated include: * In the North West, a 20% increase in monkfish, a 21% increase for horse mackerel and a 26% increase in the haddock for the ports of Greencastle and Killybegs* A 15% increase in the prawn quota, worth €10.6m, which benefits the ports of Clogherhead, Howth, Union Hall, Castletownbere, Dingle and Ros a Mhíl.* In the Irish Sea the recovery in the cod stock has seen a trebling of the quota; the Irish Sea haddock quota has also increased by 55%. These stocks are mainly important for the ports of Clogherhead, Howth and Kilmore Quay.* A 13% increase for Albacore Tuna which is important for the southern ports of Castletownbere and Dingle;* For the mixed whitefish fisheries off the South and West coasts, a 2% increase in cod, a roll over in monkfish, an 11% reduction in haddock; and a 19% reduction in whiting all in accordance with the scientific advice. McHugh congratulates Minister Creed as Donegal fishermen to benefit from increases in quotas was last modified: December 13th, 2017 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:donegalFisheriesMinister Joe McHughlast_img

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