Friday 24 February 2017

Fishermen face restrictions on waters shared with UK

John Downing

John Downing

Agriculture Minister Michael Creed said:
Agriculture Minister Michael Creed said: "The most complex issues are those related to the possibility of restricted access to fishing grounds and resources" (Stock picture)

Irish fishing crews face an uncertain future - especially over access to traditional fishing grounds off Britain.

That was the assessment of Agriculture Minister Michael Creed, who is also responsible for the Marine.

"The most complex issues are those related to the possibility of restricted access to fishing grounds and resources," Mr Creed told the Seanad.

"We face a very uncertain situation related to the management and sharing of a large number of different fish stocks that we currently share with the UK and other member states under the Common Fisheries Policy Framework. This could lead to restricted access to traditional fisheries grounds and resources," he warned.

Mr Creed said the Government was engaged in a number of actions to address the problems also facing the food and agriculture sector.

Last year Ireland exported almost €5.1bn worth of agricultural products to the UK.

Irish Independent

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