Archive for December 2011
|Further to Minister Coveney’s Press Release on Saturday: Read the rest of this entry »|
Fine Gael TD for Cork Southwest, Noel Harrington, has today (Saturday) welcomed the quota increases secured by Minister Coveney at quota negotiations in Brussels.
“Following three days of intensive negotiations, which concluded in the early hours of this morning, Minister Coveney has emerged with a fantastic result for Irish fishermen and for our fishing industry. The increase in quotas negotiated by Minister Coveney, including celtic sea herring, tuna and boarfish, will be of massive benefit to communities along the south coast and for the entire Southwest region.
“The negotiations also brought about increases for other species such as haddock and have facilitated the re-opening of the prawn fishery for the Irish Sea and the Porcupine Bank. I have no doubt that the quota increases negotiated by Minister Coveney on behalf of our fisherman will secure and create jobs in coastal communities around Ireland. These jobs will be generated both on the boats and in related onshore industries such as fish processing.
- Immediate reopening of Irish Sea Prawn Fishery
- Total Value of 2012 Fishing Opportunities Reaches Record-level of €250 million
Following the conclusion of lengthy and complex EU fisheries negotiations the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, said “I am delighted at the outcome of these negotiations which delivered my key priorities and will allow the Irish fishing fleet to look forward to 2012 with optimism. The measures agreed in these negotiations will maximise employment and economic activity in our coastal communities.” The Minister said that he had secured “141,000 tonnes of pelagic and tuna quotas and 36,000 tonnes of whitefish. I am satisfied that this will provide an excellent range of opportunities for our fishing industry in 2012.”