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Monday 27 March 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# Fisheries

This month
March 2023
THE MORNING LEAD
'Death by a thousand cuts': Hydropower killing, injuring and trapping fish by the tonne
A report by
Anthea Lacchia
Noteworthy investigates barriers along the River Shannon as deaths recorded at ESB stations and salmon hatcheries.
Huge declines in fish stocks have occurred over the last century
Fish passes on many rivers are not fit for purpose, with experts calling for removal of obsolete barriers
Ecologists and community members are lamenting decades of government and ESB inaction
This year
2023
# Island Nation
‘On its knees’: Future of island fishers on a knife edge
Islanders say authorities are failing to give support needed to save this traditional way of life.
Last year
2022
# I’m not codding
High risk of fish kills in hot weather, says Inland Fisheries Ireland
Fish populations may come under ‘thermal stress’ as air and water temperatures soar and water levels drop.
All time
# allies at war
Another fish fight: Why is the UK at loggerheads with France over fishing?
There is a disagreement about French vessels’ access to UK waters, and whose fault it is.
# Question Time
Dunmore East fishermen tell Minister: 'Every year it's getting harder to make a living'
We spent a morning down in Dunmore East to hear what fishermen had to say to the Minister for the Marine.
# fishing by numbers
Quotas cut by 15%, and a €1 billion industry on the brink: The confusing figures fuelling fishers' anger
A Seafood Sector Task Force interim report that was released last week – here’s what it says about the industry.
# River Liffey
'The government needs to get a backbone': Fishers meet with Minister McConalogue after protest
Minister Charlie McConalogue has announced a tour of ports and harbours over the next few months to hear fishers’ concerns.
# North Atlantic
'Increased risk of enforcement' by Scotland over Rockall fishing vessels, Government warns
It comes days after a Donegal fishing vessel was prevented from fishing in the waters around Rockall by a Marine Scotland patrol boat.
# Fishing industry
Taoiseach acknowledges 'severe impact' of Brexit deal during talks with fishing representatives
Industry groups reacted angrily to the terms of the trade agreement after they were announced last week.
# Brexit
'We won't accept this': Post-Brexit trade agreement disappoints Irish fishing industry
Meanwhile, business groups are cautiously optimistic about the deal
# Pole Position
Explainer: Why is Ireland looking for observer status at the Arctic Council?
Cabinet has agreed that Ireland should apply for observer status at the Arctic Council.
# brexit saga
Talks on 'almost impossible' trade deal spill into weekend as focus shifts to fisheries
Although the focus has mostly been on State aid and the level-playing field, that is shifting to fisheries in the past few weeks.
# brexit talks
So long and thanks for all the fish: Irish fishermen say UK Brexit position could spell 'unmitigated disaster'
Today had been the date set for both sides to reach an agreement on fisheries. But of course, more time is needed.
# brexit negotiations
UK backtracking on key Brexit commitments, says Michel Barnier
EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier lamented that no progress had been made in the fourth round of post-Brexit trade talks
# 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.
# 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.
# 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.
# 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.
# 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.
# 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.
# 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?
# 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.
# 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.
# Brexit
Ireland calls UK withdrawal from fisheries agreement 'unhelpful and unwelcome'
The announcement will cause concern for Irish and other EU fishing industries.
# the shellfish gene
Asian Clam invasion prompts Longford angling ban
“An aggressive alien invasive species.”
# 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.
# Fish Kill
650 fish killed in Limerick slurry spill
Salmon and trout were killed in Kilmallock in Limerick.
# 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.
# Sanctions
Iceland PM hits back in mackerel fishing row
Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson says that any EU sanctions would violate international trade law.
# 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.
# 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.
# 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”.
# 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.
# 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.
# 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.
# 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.
# 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.
# 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.
# EU Accession
Iceland begins talks to join EU
Iceland enter formal accession talks but sensitive issues – particularly whale hunting – may prove divisive.