The linkage between access, quota and trade is a “clear priority” from an Irish and European perspective in the Brexit talks, warns a leading figure in Ireland’s fishing industry.

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“And when I talk about trade, I’m not talking about seafood trade – I’m talking about total trade – we cannot break that linkage. If it does happen, the game is over.”

Seán O’Donoghue, chief executive of the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation, was speaking at a Brexit briefing ahead of BIM’s National Seafood Conference at the end of June.

He added that that problems relating to the Common Fisheries Policy must be “parked’ as fighting a battle on two fronts would be “absolutely crazy”. No matter which fishing sector you’re in – whether you’re pelagic, demersal, shellfish or mixed species – Brexit is a real disaster if it does wrong.”

Full story: Autumn issue (Sept 6)