13 December 2017
By Elaine Murphy
The boost in value of whitefish quotas agreed this morning is great news for Cork fishermen, a Fine Gael Senator has said.
Senator Tim Lombard welcomed the total of 40,168 tonnes of whitefish quotas agreed for 2018.
Senator Lombard said: “The total €152m value of the whitefish quotas secured for the Irish fishing fleet amounts to an 8% increase in value from last year and a 3% increase in volume.
“This year we secured a 15% increase in prawns, worth over €10.6m directly to the Irish fleet, which is the biggest single increase in over a decade and shows the very healthy state of this stock.
“There were a number of difficult issues facing us this year but I believe that the final package is a balanced and sustainable one.
“The main outcomes negotiated include a 15% increase in the prawn quota, worth €10.6m, which benefits the port of Castletownbere as well as Dingle, Ros a Mhíl, Clogherhead, Howth and Union Hall.
“A 13% increase for Albacore Tuna was also agreed which is important for the southern ports of Castletownbere and Dingle.
“For the mixed whitefish fisheries off the South and West coasts, a 2% increase in cod, a roll over in monkfish, an 11% reduction in haddock; and a 19% reduction in whiting- all in accordance with the scientific advice- were also negotiated.
“This is excellent news for our fishing community here in Cork and all across the island of Ireland.”