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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 …

Regulating crustacean pot fisheries in Ireland

There is little appetite for managing wild capture fisheries in Ireland because the political establishment and responsible government department dislike confrontation with the industry. Token regulation conforms to one of three models: The rules are clear and sound but they are poorly enforced or not enforced at all. The legislation is deficient because it is incompetently drafted, which allows the …

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, …