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#Fisheries

From TheJournal.ie Head of Scottish fishing group says Ireland would be 'unwise' to pick fight over Rockall Fisheries

Head of Scottish fishing group says Ireland would be 'unwise' to pick fight over Rockall

The Irish government said yesterday it rejected Scotland’s warnings of “enforcement action” against Irish fishing vessels.

From TheJournal.ie Irish govt rejects Scottish threat of 'enforcement action' against Irish fishing vessels near Rockall Ongoing Dispute

Irish govt rejects Scottish threat of 'enforcement action' against Irish fishing vessels near Rockall

The jurisdiction over the 12 mile area around Rockall have long been disputed.

From TheJournal.ie Landing of v-notched crawfish to be banned under law in bid to restore numbers in Irish coastal waters Late De-Bait

Landing of v-notched crawfish to be banned under law in bid to restore numbers in Irish coastal waters

The move follows a decline in crawfish landings in recent years.

From TheJournal.ie EU will allow UK to fish in its waters until December 2019 in a no-deal Brexit - if UK allows the same No Deal Brexit

EU will allow UK to fish in its waters until December 2019 in a no-deal Brexit - if UK allows the same

Minister for the Marine Michael Creed warned against concentrating the EU’s fishing fleet into Ireland’s 200-mile fishing zone.

From TheJournal.ie 'UK's strongest card is fisheries': Fish sector could be left out of Brexit customs deal Customs Arrangement

'UK's strongest card is fisheries': Fish sector could be left out of Brexit customs deal

The fisheries issue is one of the sticking points in securing a final Brexit deal.

From TheJournal.ie Plans begin on 'state-of-the-art' multimillion marine park in Galway Gaeltacht Páirc Na Mara

Plans begin on 'state-of-the-art' multimillion marine park in Galway Gaeltacht

It’s hoped the park will generate employment and investment in the disadvantaged rural Gaeltacht area.

From TheJournal.ie A disputed Irish-UK territory is one of many fishing problems caused by Brexit Lough Foyle

A disputed Irish-UK territory is one of many fishing problems caused by Brexit

Both Ireland and the UK claim Lough Foyle as their own – so what fishing rules will be implemented after Brexit?

From TheJournal.ie 'The marine equivalent of fracking': Europe to legalise controversial pulse fishing European Parliament

'The marine equivalent of fracking': Europe to legalise controversial pulse fishing

The European Parliament’s fishing committee allowed a motion to pass legalising the controversial technique.

From TheJournal.ie Are fisheries the first casualty in a Brexit split between Ireland and the UK? Brexit

Are fisheries the first casualty in a Brexit split between Ireland and the UK?

If the UK continues to lift the drawbridge on its waters, it could cause problems for Ireland.

From TheJournal.ie Ireland calls UK withdrawal from fisheries agreement 'unhelpful and unwelcome' Brexit

Ireland calls UK withdrawal from fisheries agreement 'unhelpful and unwelcome'

The announcement will cause concern for Irish and other EU fishing industries.

From TheJournal.ie Asian Clam invasion prompts Longford angling ban The Shellfish Gene

Asian Clam invasion prompts Longford angling ban

“An aggressive alien invasive species.”

From TheJournal.ie €230,000 announced for 'rehabilitation' of wild salmon and sea trout Fish Rehabilitation

€230,000 announced for 'rehabilitation' of wild salmon and sea trout

Inland Fisheries says the fund is being invested in promoting the recovery of our Atlantic salmon and sea trout stocks.

From TheJournal.ie 650 fish killed in Limerick slurry spill Fish Kill

650 fish killed in Limerick slurry spill

Salmon and trout were killed in Kilmallock in Limerick.

From TheJournal.ie Coveney facing "exceptionally tough" negotiations on fishing quotas Fish

Coveney facing "exceptionally tough" negotiations on fishing quotas

Proposals put forward by the European Commission would severely cut quotas for some of the stocks of vital importance to Irish fishing communities.

From TheJournal.ie Iceland PM hits back in mackerel fishing row Sanctions

Iceland PM hits back in mackerel fishing row

Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson says that any EU sanctions would violate international trade law.

From TheJournal.ie Coveney makes "major step" for Irish fishermen Fishing

Coveney makes "major step" for Irish fishermen

The Minister for Agriculture has said that final negotiations on the Common Fisheries Policy are to begin soon.

From TheJournal.ie The 9 at 9: Wednesday 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Good morning. Here are nine things to know as you start your day.

From TheJournal.ie Sea lice causes 39 per cent of wild salmon deaths Sea Lice

Sea lice causes 39 per cent of wild salmon deaths

The impact of sea lice in the Northeast Atlantic Ocean will affect already declining salmon stocks across Europe.

From TheJournal.ie China fish trial ‘major boost’ for Irish fisheries – Simon Coveney Fisheries

China fish trial ‘major boost’ for Irish fisheries – Simon Coveney

Ireland’s trade mission to China has secured 155 per cent increase on its quota for boarfish, which has been described as a “real opportunity and a boost to Irish fishermen and processors”.

From TheJournal.ie Irish Naval service detains Spanish fishing vessel Naval Service

Irish Naval service detains Spanish fishing vessel

The Spanish-registered fishing vessel was detained about 150 nautical miles off the coast of Co Clare this afternoon.

From TheJournal.ie Coveney orders review over claims that BIM is hurting government-backed business BIM

Coveney orders review over claims that BIM is hurting government-backed business

Simon Coveney demands a response from Bord Iascaigh Mhara over claims it is actually hampering government training courses.

From TheJournal.ie Irish Sea prawn fishery reopens - and other fish quotas increase Fishing Quotas

Irish Sea prawn fishery reopens - and other fish quotas increase

Cod catches overall will have to be cut by 25 per cent in 2012 – but many other fish quotas are raised after late-night EU negotiations.

From TheJournal.ie Coveney heads to Brussels for critical talks on fish quotas Fishing

Coveney heads to Brussels for critical talks on fish quotas

The tense annual negotiations on the next year’s fishing quotas are expected to continue into the weekend.

From TheJournal.ie Up to 158 jobs to be created in seafood industry with 250 more lined up for Killybegs Jobswatch

Up to 158 jobs to be created in seafood industry with 250 more lined up for Killybegs

The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Simon Coveney is looking to create the jobs over a three year period across the country’s seafood processing industry and in the Donegal region.

From TheJournal.ie EU may change rule requiring fish to be thrown back into sea Fishing

EU may change rule requiring fish to be thrown back into sea

Fishermen are currently supposed to throw back any fish over strict quotas, even though they are perfectly edible.

ICELAND HAS begun talks with the European Union concerning its possible accession.

Belgium’s foreign minister and President-in-office of the Council, Steven Vanackere, said that it is “confident that Iceland has the capacity, has the determination and the commitment” to become a member of the European Union.

However he added that serious efforts will be required on Iceland’s part before the country will meet accession criteria – particularly in the areas of fisheries, agriculture, rural development, environment, free movement of capital and financial services.

Issues like whale hunting and the collapse of Icelandic bank Icesave are likely to be the most difficult points of negotiations.

Fisheries

Up until relatively recently, Iceland was a rural nation. Industries like agriculture and fisheries are still closely guarded, local enterprises. However, this does mean that food prices are expensive which is one reason for potential domestic support for EU accession.

From Ireland’s point of view, Iceland’s fishing industry is a significant issue. Irish fishermen particularly depend on mackerel fishing as a source of income but their quota is about half that of Iceland’s (which has a population of just 308,910), which Ireland complains is unfair.

Following failed talks on the issue in early 2010, the Irish Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Sean Connick, wrote to the European Commission to complain that Iceland’s fishing habits threaten mackerel stock and encourage the Faroe islands to overfish.

Financial services

The Icelandic bank Icesaver failed in the wake global financial crisis, resulting in many British and Dutch investors losing their deposits. Reykjavik has been found to be legally responsible for the loss by European trade authority and ordered to pay back €3.8bn, which is – unsurprisingly – extremely unpopular with Icelandic voters.

Iceland has been told that it will not be able to enter the EU without resolving the issue.

The Icelandic whaling industry is also a point of contention. Iceland’s application will not be likely to be accepted unless they stop hunting whales.

Domestic opposition

Despite Iceland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Össur Skarphédinsson, stating: “Our home is Europe and Iceland’s EU membership will certainly serve our mutual interests,” Icelandic domestic support for the EU bid is failing.

Public opposition to EU accession has risen to about 60% from about 54 % in November 2009, according to the Financial Times.