Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has called on government to explain why ‘the most productive prawn grounds in Europe’ are closed to Irish fishermen but not to other boats. On July 25, Irish vessels were instructed to cease fishing by a Closure Order than came into effect at noon.
Over one hundred coastal-based projects are to receive €1.5m in state and EU funding, supporting total investment of €2.4m.
"I am delighted to announce that an additional 106 grants worth €1.5m have been awarded to our seven FLAG groups, bringing total FLAG grant offers in 2018 to €3.1m.
Jenny O'Halloran, Bláth Na Mara - a seaweed harvesting business on Inis Mór, Co Galway - one of 247 FLAG coastal projects that applied from FLAG funding this year. Jenny features in a new BIM video campaign to raise awareness of the FLAG initiative
A seven-week public consultation proposed by the National Inshore Fisheries Forum is underway and will feed into a strategy for Ireland's inshore fisheries sector until 2023.
Marine Minister Michael Creed (2nd left) is joined by Jim O'Toole BIM chief executive, Trudy McIntyre, RIFF (SE) and Kieran Calnan, BIM chairman at the launch of the Inshore Fisheries Strategy public consultation
Established in 2014, the NIFF and six regional groups (RIFFs) support initiatives that seek to cultivate 'a more sustainable, profitable and well-managed inshore fisheries sector'.
Chief executive of the Killybegs Fishermen's Organisation has paid tribute to his predecessor, describing the late Joey Murrin as "a man who had an inate and forensic knowledge of the fishing industry" and an ability to convey complex issues in simple understandable terms.
"Joey Murrin was a giant of the Irish fisheries sector," remarked Seán O'Donoghue.
Joey Murrin was a founding member of the KFO, serving as chief executive for over 20 years. During that time he left a legacy of fighting the corner of the sector on local, regional, national and European platforms.
He also served as a board member and chairman of Ireland's Seafood Development Agency, BIM; as a board member of the Marine Institute as well as chairman of government committees and task forces.
Enabling Sustainable Growth published by Ireland's seafood development agency, seeks to enhance the competitiveness of the sector to capitalise on increasing domestic and global demand for seafood. The approach adopted by BIM reflects the challenge of market uncertainty and places greater emphasis on product differentation, value creation and profitability.
Kieran Calnan, BIM chairman; Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine and BIM chief executive at the launch of BIM's seafood strategy 2018-2020
Launching the strategy, marine minister Michael Creed said BIM was "well resourced" to assist the implementation of the CFP and to achieve the objectives of Food Wise 2025 through state and EU funding of €240m.