May 19, 2024

Fishing and seafood organisations have come collectively to launch a pre-election marketing campaign for change at EU stage. They’re asking MEPs to combat for the survival of their trade and a justifiable share of EU fishing quotas.

Aodh O Donnell of the Irish Fish Producers Organisation (IFPO) is looking for public assist for the #fight4fishing marketing campaign, launched this week.

As a part of the marketing campaign, they’ve invited the Midlands North-West candidates to a public assembly in Killybegs subsequent Wednesday twenty second Might.

Candidates confirmed to attend embody sitting MEPs Chris MacManus (SF) and Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan (Ind). Others confirmed embody Senator Lisa Chambers, (FF) Dr Brian O’Boyle (PBP); James Reynolds (TNP), and Independents Peter Casey, Saoirse McHugh and John Waters

“We need to hear their views on the trade,” says Mr O Donnell. “We need to know what they purpose to do to deal with the disaster we face.”

The IFPO has joined forces with the Killybegs Fisherman’s Organisation (KFO) and the Irish Fish Processors and Exporters Affiliation (IFPEA) to spotlight fishing points within the election marketing campaign.

“Eire has 12% of EU fishing waters however simply 5.6% of EU fishing quotas and this big disparity needs to be addressed,” says Aodh O Donnell.

“For too lengthy, the Irish Authorities and the EU have ignored this injustice, and we want elected representatives who will demand change.”

Dominic Rihan, CEO for Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation

KFO chief government, Dominic Rihan says the cumulative worth of Irish fishing quotas can have dropped by round €140m by 2025 as a consequence of Brexit.

“The most important share – 40% – of what the EU transferred to the UK after Brexit was taken from Irish quotas. There was no evaluation of the far-reaching impacts this is able to have on an trade which was already struggling.”

IFPEA chief government Brendan Byrne says the scenario turns into even bleaker while you see what the EU is handing out to non-members. “Principally, the EU is permitting non-EU nations to catch greater than 3 occasions as a lot fish as us this 12 months alone… in our very personal waters. Different EU and non-EU nations see development in fishing, whereas our catches are shrinking.”

The three fishing organisations are additionally interesting to the general public to place EU election candidates beneath the highlight on fishing points.

“Ask questions on the doorstep, put up about fishing on social media, share our posts and demand change,” says Aodh O Donnell. “Our trade disaster impacts not simply the fishing fleet. It impacts coastal communities, assist industries, eating places, supermarkets and peculiar customers who need to purchase recent Irish fish.”

October 2023: Brendan Byrne CEO of IFPEA, Colm Markey MEP, Aodh O Donnell, CEO IFPO

Brendan Byrne of the IFPEA says the seafood trade is in decline. “The underside line is that our wealthy marine assets are being unfairly exploited by others with the EU’s consent. We want efficient illustration at nationwide and EU stage to defend our assets, our fishing and seafood industries and our coastal communities.”

Dominic Rihan of the KFO says the #fight4fishing marketing campaign goals to teach EU election candidates in regards to the grave state of the fishing and seafood trade. “Our Killybegs occasion will present a discussion board for exchanging views and permit our group to lift their issues.”

The Killybegs assembly with election candidates takes place at 7pm within the Tara Resort, and can be chaired by Highland Radio presenter, Greg Hughes. Candidates can be invited to talk and take questions from the ground and the assembly is open to the general public to attend on a primary come first served foundation.

The #fight4fishing or #cosaintiascaireachta marketing campaign can also be launching a web-based steering sheet to point out members of the general public how they will help. The assistance sheet offers fishing statistics, graphics to make use of on social media, and pattern inquiries to ask candidates on the doorstep. You’ll be able to test it out right here:

Killybegs fishers goal #fight4fishing marketing campaign at MEP hopefuls was final modified: Might sixteenth, 2024 by Workers Author