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# fisheries - Wednesday 1 July, 2020

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.

# fisheries - Friday 5 June, 2020

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 - Saturday 8 June, 2019

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.

# fisheries - Friday 7 June, 2019

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.

# fisheries - Friday 31 May, 2019

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.

# fisheries - Wednesday 10 April, 2019

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.

# fisheries - Thursday 15 November, 2018

'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.

# fisheries - Sunday 31 December, 2017

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.

# fisheries - Saturday 30 December, 2017

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?

# fisheries - Sunday 26 November, 2017

'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.

# fisheries - Sunday 16 July, 2017

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.

# fisheries - Sunday 2 July, 2017

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

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

# fisheries - Thursday 11 September, 2014

Asian Clam invasion prompts Longford angling ban

“An aggressive alien invasive species.”

# fisheries - Friday 8 August, 2014

€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.

# fisheries - Thursday 7 August, 2014

650 fish killed in Limerick slurry spill

Salmon and trout were killed in Kilmallock in Limerick.

# fisheries - Monday 16 December, 2013

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.

# fisheries - Tuesday 16 July, 2013

Iceland PM hits back in mackerel fishing row

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

# fisheries - Wednesday 15 May, 2013

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.

# fisheries - Wednesday 27 February, 2013

The 9 at 9: Wednesday

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

# fisheries - Friday 16 November, 2012

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 - Thursday 19 April, 2012

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”.

# fisheries - Wednesday 4 April, 2012

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.

# fisheries - Monday 5 March, 2012

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.

# fisheries - Saturday 17 December, 2011

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.

# fisheries - Thursday 15 December, 2011

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.

# fisheries - Friday 3 June, 2011

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.

# fisheries - Tuesday 1 March, 2011

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.

# fisheries - Wednesday 28 July, 2010

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.


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.