There are calls for the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy following the agreement of 2017 quotas by the EU Council of Fisheries Minsters. The meeting ended in the early hours of this morning.
The Killybegs Fishermens Organisation says the overall outcome of the Fisheries Council that finished at 2am this morning was positive, with significant increases in three pelagic stocks.
Quotas are up for mackerel, blue whiting and Atlanto Scandia herring.
There were also increases in a number of important whitefish species but the KFO Chief Executive Sean O’Donaghue says reductions in haddock in the North West are disappointing…………
The KFO says it is satisfied that Minister Michael Creed has, for the most part, delivered.
Among those advising the minister last night was Leas Ceann Comhairle and former Junior Marine Minister Pat the Cope Gallagher.
The Donegal Deputy says it’s hugely important that Irish quota increases under the Hague Preferences were maintained………..
Junior Minister Joe Mc Hugh says this again focuses attention on the need for a review of the Common Fisheries Policy…………