Thursday 23 March 2017

'Imports are our biggest problem, we just can't compete'

Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

POT fisherman Eddie Moore has followed a different route for the sale of his shellfish.

Mr Moore, who fishes mainly from Ballydavid in west Kerry, has been selling directly from his boat 'Misty Dawn' and through small ads in the local press.

He has been fishing for over 30 years but said he has had to "broaden his horizons" to sell his catch.

"I don't really deal with restaurants at the moment," he said. "I have a floor of €15/kg for lobster and I won't go below this. So why should they deal with me when they can buy lobster easily at €10/kg."

He says his customers can't get over how cheap his lobster is.

Fishermen like Eddie have also taken a hammering on scallop prices. However, he said crab prices have held.

Mr Moore believes that organisations such as Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) could do more to promote Irish shellfish.

"Imports are definitely our biggest problem, we just can't compete," he said.

Irish Independent

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