Entries by Gillian Mills

Court case may determine future of mechanical seaweed harvesting

A case that could determine the future for all of Ireland’s seaweed industries opens in the High Court on May 14 and is expected to run for six days.Bantry Bay – Protect our Native Kelp Forests, a West Cork community organisation, has sought a Judicial Review of the granting of a seaweed harvesting licence to BioAtlantis Aquamarine Ltd – a Tralee-based biotechnology company.

Quota balancing system for whitefish stocks

A quota balancing policy for whitefish stocks, which begins on July 1, 2019, will apply to landings that exceed a vessel’s catch limit during a fishery management period.Any fish landed in excess of a vessel’s assigned limit must be paid back by means of a deduction from a future allocation. Where the excess is greater than 10%, a higher ratio of payback will apply to the full excess.

Atypical Work Permit Scheme changes for migrant fishers

A settlement reached in the High Court (April 30, 2019) will introduce changes to the atypical work permit scheme for non-EEA fishermen working in parts of the Irish fishing fleet.

The International Transport Worker’s Federation (ITF) had brought the case against relevant government departments, seeking ‘an immediate moratorium’ on the grant or renewal of work permits pending a review of conditions attaching to scheme.