Fishermen net €3m prawn deal
Published 21/12/2012 | 05:00
IRISH fishermen will be able to land €3m extra worth of prawns next year after last-minute gains during all-night talks in Brussels.
However, the total value of Ireland's fish quota will fall by €12m to €213m in the deal hammered out by fisheries ministers.
The Irish Fish Producers (IFPO) Organisation designed the outcome as a "mixed bag", with gains for prawn fishermen but significant losses for those fishing haddock and some other white fish.
IFPO chief executive Francis O'Donnell said the cuts in haddock quotas would be as much as 70pc in the northwest around Rockall, while those fishing other white fish such as skate and ray would also see losses.
"It comes as a big blow given the Irish fishing industry pioneered new conservation meshes to let juveniles escape, but we weren't able to capitalise on that," he said.
However, the overall outcome was a lot better than the deep cuts being proposed by the EU Commission last week, he added.
Agriculture and Marine Minister Simon Coveney said the country had done "very well" in the negotiations.