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MONKFISH AUTHORISATION – IRELAND’S SECRET WHITEFISH QUOTAS

9 September 2016 Access to Ireland’s whitefish quotas in 2014 was sought from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) through Freedom of Information. The majority of vessel allocations for whitefish (species like cod, haddock and whiting) were already in the public domain, having been published on the web but allocations to twenty whitefish vessels were secret. On first …

FUNDING THE COMMON FISHERIES POLICY THROUGH THE EUROPEAN FISHERIES FUND 2007-2013

The latest tranche of funding from the EU, the European Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF), will require collateral funding from the Irish state of almost €100 m. EMFF will dispense funds to the industry through state agencies in much the same way as its predecessor, the European Fisheries Fund (EFF). At the conclusion of EFF, the fleet which was supposed to have …

LANDING OBLIGATION IN DISARRAY

DISCARDING UNWANTED CATCH is one of the oldest and most intractable of fishery management problems. Any method of harvesting fish, including relatively selective ones like angling, involves collateral capture of species and conditions of fish other than the desired target ones but the wholesale destruction of marine fauna became apparent in the fourteenth century, coinciding with the invention of trawling/dredging. …

INTRODUCING IRELAND’S FISH PRODUCER ORGANISATIONS

IT IS FORTY YEARS since Ireland’s first Fish Producer Organisation (FPO) came into existence but it is only three weeks since their membership was revealed, following a protracted struggle to extract the information from the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine (DAFM).[i] FPOs WERE CREATED to perform as agents of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) in the 1970s. At the time, …

THE FALSE DAWN OF MAXIMUM SUSTAINABLE YIELD (MSY)

  FISHERIES MANAGMENT can be undertaken through a variety of technical conservation measures (TCMs). Examples are changing mesh size, imposing size limits on fish retained, closing fishing areas for a time, limiting the duration of fishing operations etc. The commercial industry invariably resists the introduction of any of these and any attempt to impose regulation is usually met with a …

AN INTENSIFYING SCRAMBLE

Since industrial fishing commenced in the 1950s, the living resources of the oceans have progressively declined. The facts are documented in a multitude of scientific papers. In 2003 the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations reviewed the status of 600 marine fish stocks world-wide and concluded that 77% were “fully” or excessively exploited while less than a quarter …