Fishing quotas


2012 fishing quotas per regulation 43 and 44 of 2012
(figures are in tonnes)

Ireland France Spain UK
COD 1,727 13,977 15,396 23,675
HADDOCK 4,241 13,764 0 35,879
WHITING 5,442 15,567 1,270 12,794
HAKE 1,704 29,312 23,320 5,901
MEGRIM 3,317 8,682 7,672 5,329
ANGLERFISH 2,843 27,521 5,327 14,836

The table above illustrates the unfair distribution of fish stocks.

The chart above shows the unfair, unjust and intolerable division of whitefish stocks. Study it!  This is after we have got the benefit of Hague Preferences!  We are expected to say thank you.

Which country do you think would have the most discards?

Certain other countries have so much quota they cannot catch, that they can bring in “flagships”.  They can be seen regularly landing in Castletownbere and other ports, transhipping their catch without economic benefit in Ireland.

Discards!  They think they have discovered the benefits of the wheel.  It must be all of fifteen years since all EU nations of that time were asked to suggest Technical Conservation Measures.  Irish fishermen were the only ones at that meeting in Brussels to do so.  Others didn’t need to.  Now they will consider it!  A recent letter from Johnny Walsh of Kinsale tells the story of the success of measures introduced by Irish Fishermen.

A suggestion by Brussels is that over quota catch, discards, should be deducted from your quota.  You could finish up with negative quota if you are an Irish fisherman.

Another daft suggestion is that in a mixed fishery if you are over quota on say cod you should case fishing and tie up to the wall.  Which country will be most liable to be over quota?

Would someone like to suggest that these unemployed Irish fishermen could get a job unloading foreign fishing vessels?

The Marine Institute say that 88% of all fish caught in the Irish zone is taken by foreign vessels.

Another suggestion is that fish – discards – that the EU say should be “dumped”, should be used to make fishmeal.  This would delight the multinational owner of huge offshore fish farms.  They cannot expect to get the efforts of fishermen for nothing.  The fisherman must get the full economic benefit of his labours.

The announcement of “No Discards” was hailed as a milestone.  Take care it isn’t a millstone.

Brendan Howlin is seeking €300 million from the Public Sector.  We recommend he and his colleagues look to the sea.  Think of the extra jobs.

With an estimate of 1.18 billion taken from Irish water and Ireland has a mere 4% of the very valuable whitefish quota – Ireland urgently needs more whitefish quota.


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Proclamation of Independence

  1. Two parts of the Proclamation

Extract from the Proclamation of Independence

We declare the right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland, and to the unfettered control of Irish destinies, to be sovereign and indefeasible. The long usurpation of that right by a foreign people and government has not extinguished the right, nor can it ever be extinguished except by the destruction of the Irish people. In every generation the Irish people have asserted their right to national freedom and sovereignty; six times during the last three hundred years they have asserted it to arms. Standing on that fundamental right and again asserting it in arms in the face of the world, we hereby proclaim the Irish Republic as a Sovereign Independent State, and we pledge our lives and the lives of our comrades-in-arms to the cause of its freedom, of its welfare, and of its exaltation among the nations.

Para 3:  The Irish Republic is entitled to, and hereby claims, the allegiance of every Irishman and Irishwoman. The Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens, and declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and all of its parts, cherishing all of the children of the nation equally and oblivious of the differences carefully fostered by an alien government, which have divided a minority from the majority in the past.

 We hope that these politicians and others who will make a big celebration of the Centenary of the Proclamation will have read it and will say – “hand on heart I am carrying out the principles laid down in the Proclamation”.

 Reply from the European Commission:

“This being said the validity of the relative stability principle is not as far as the commission is concerned unquestionable not untenable.  A serious reflection on what can be done to ensure that the CFP work the better in future includes reviewing this principle”.

Under relative stability Ireland is “granted” a mere 4% of the whitefish quotas.  88% of all fish caught in our Exclusive Economic Zone is taken by foreign vessels.  This is calculated at € 1.16 billion per annum.

In the meantime they continue to close post offices, Garda Stations and other facilities    around the coasts.  The quota share out was fixed in 1983 when the average age of the Irish fleet was 35 years old!

Our part-time Minister refuses to apply for a fair share for Irish fishermen.  WHY!

Proclamation of Independence

Proclamation of Independence


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