Irish Fisheries

The Fisheries Industry is another vital sector for the North West constituency, and I thus opted to become a substitute member of the Fisheries committee in the European Parliament. My presence on the Committee increases the chances of fairer fishing legislation being adopted and allows for the representation of the interests of Irish fishermen, particularly in relation to the negotiation of the Common Fisheries Policy.

My Priorities for the Fishing Industry

As a member of the European Parliament's Fisheries Committee, I hope to achieve the following:

  • Increase the monitoring of foreign vessels entering Irish Waters and ensure that other countries monitor catches landed in their ports to detect illegal fishing in Irish Waters.
  • Ensure that Fishermen have more control over the quota system and Ireland gets a Quota in line with its Ocean Resources.
  • Ensure adequate funding for job diversification in fishing communities.
  • Develop the potential of the seafood industry for the North and West Coasts.
  • Ensure that no decisions are made without full cooperation with Fishermen and Scientists.

The EU and Fishing

In the European Parliament the Fisheries Committee is responsible for:

  • The operation and development of the common fisheries policy and its management;
  • The conservation of fishery resources;
  • The common organisation of the market in fishery products;
  • Structural policy in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors;
  • International fisheries agreements.

The main instrument for supporting the Fisheries sector in the EU is the European Fisheries Fund and is controlled by the BIM in Ireland at the request of the European Commission.

This regulation establishes a new European Fisheries Fund (EFF) for the period 2007-13. It sets the Fund's objectives and priorities plus the responsibilities under it and the financial framework. It also sets out the arrangements for programming, managing, monitoring and following up the EFF. The new Fund provides financial assistance to help implement the latest reform of the common fisheries policy (CFP) and to support the restructuring that has become necessary as the sector has developed.

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