Speaking following announcements by the EU of the Common Fisheries Policy Proposals for reform last Wednesday, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Michael Colreavy TD said:
“The EU proposals for changes to the Common Fisheries Policy will do untold damage to the Irish Fishing Industry and will destroy the way of life of coastal communities through out the island of Ireland.
“The proposals purport to reduce over-fishing and improve fish stock sustainability but no regard is being given to those who are currently living off maritime activities.
“The CFP has had disastrous consequences on what should be a thriving maritime industry in Ireland. We have sold the rights of what should be a thriving, prosperous industry which would benefit all our people. Instead of tinkering at the edges of current policy we should be replacing it with a policy that benefits fishermen and producers rather than the large international fishing companies.
“We will support Minister Coveney in his opposition to impose the scheme of mandatory privatisation of quotas on Member States.
“I am disappointed also that the European Commission proposals do not include any measures to protect the biologically sensitive area off the west coast known as the Irish box.
“Sinn Féin will press Minister Coveney to use Ireland's veto to ensure that proposals damaging to our social and economic future will not be implemented.”