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