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POLICY MISLABELS “SCARCITY OF WHITEFISH” AS “SHORTAGE OF WHITEFISH QUOTA”

3 November 2016 Since the early 1980s, the annual level of diminishing whitefish quotas has been decided at the Council of Fisheries Ministers meeting in Brussels in December. The meeting is the culmination of a year’s survey and laboratory work, assessing the likely sustainable harvest of fin and shellfish stocks exploited in common by EU member states. The data are shared with …

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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 …

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, …