SO-CALLED 'heritage licences' should be issued to coastal and island communities in order to facilitate traditional fishing practices, a new report says.
An Oireachtas committee tasked with examining the challenges facing coastal communities has recommended that the Government adopts a new focus on aquaculture.
The report recommends that the governance of the maritime sector should be "streamlined" in order to assist new enterprise.
The Government has been asked to consider the prospect of distributing 'heritage licences' to those involved in traditional fishing activities.
These would be aimed at those operating small vessels who feel they are disproportionately impacted by fisheries laws.
The recommendations are included in a report published in the Aran Islands yesterday by the Oireachtas sub-committee on fisheries.
The report also makes a number of recommendations in relation to salmon fishing and the so-called 12-mile fishing limit around the coast.