Discards

Discards

2012 Fishing Quotas – Regulations 43 and 44 of 2012 (figures in tonnes)

Ireland

France

Spain

U.K.

Proposed Cuts  2013

Cod

1,727

13,977

15,396

15,396

Haddock

4,241

13,764

0

35,879

55%

Whiting

5,442

15,567

1,270

12,794

29%

Hake

1,704

29,312

23,320

5,901

32%

Megrim

3,317

8,682

7,672

5,329

20%

Anglerfish/Monk

2,843

27,521

5,327

14,836

20%

Nephrops/Prawns

15%

Different countries have different quotas for fish which they may catch, land and market.  Over quota catches may not be landed and must be dumped overboard.  Severe penalties are set for over quota fish landed.

The smaller quota you have the more likely you are to catch over quota and are forced to dump.  We believe that countries with largest quotas do not over catch their allotted quotas.  Likelihood – no discards for them!

Ireland has miserable quotas.  When one Irish fisherman landed over 130 boxes of over quotas fish as he could not accept the waste of good food it was branded as “a stunt”!

We are told that in the future all catches must be landed.  This will require an extra supply of ice and boxes which must be kept separate, boxed, iced, stored below and landed.

We are told that “the fish that used to be discarded at sea will from now on be dumped ashore instead” !!

Will there be remuneration for fishermen for the extra costs and resources this will entail?  Who will pay for these costs?  Just think about it, look at the chart above and Ireland’s miserable share.  Ireland urgently means more whitefish quotas.  Are we sleepwalking into another disaster?

 

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