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 …

The benefits of MSY status for fish stocks exploited by Ireland

MSY (the theory of Maximum Sustainable Yield) has been described as “a perfect example of pseudo science with little empirical or sound theoretical basis” by Dr Sidney Holt, co-author in 1957 with Dr R.J.H. Beverton of On the Dynamics of Exploited Fish Populations.[i] Yet, despite deepening reservations, the concept continues to gather prestige and occupy an increasingly significant role in fisheries …

THE EVOLUTION OF IRELAND’S MARINE FISHERIES, IN FIGURES

FISH LANDINGS WERE systematically recorded in Ireland from the end of the nineteenth century when collection of statistics was confined to the most valuable categories of marine produce: three pelagic, eight demersal and twelve shellfish species. The figures should not be regarded as a comprehensive account of everything that was caught and sold. We can assume, from historical sources, that …