Fishermen protest in Dublin as flotilla arrives at government gate

A flotilla of fishing boats traveled to Dublin Port to organize a rally and show how lower quotas in Irish waters are affecting their livelihoods and Ireland’s coastal communities.

More than 50 trawlers and smaller boats reached the harbor around 3.30am and sailed up the river across the East Link Bridge where they then lined up along the Sir John Rogerson Wharf to the Samuel Beckett Bridge.

They will hold a noon rally next to the National Convention Center, where the Dail will be seated, calling for a level playing field in the fishing industry, amid allegations that the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy destroyed the Irish fishing industry and rural communities.

The rally will be tackled by fishermen and representatives highlighting the issues facing the Irish fishing community.

After the rally, fishery representatives will hand deliver a letter describing the plight of the industry at Taoiseach.

“The letter reiterates demands already made at a similar event in Cork to renegotiate the Common Fisheries Policy so that Ireland is allocated a fair share of fishing quotas which reflect the contribution of our fishing grounds to the EU, ”said Patrick Murphy of Ireland. Organization of fish producers in the South and West.

The letter also claims that the EU-UK Brexit Trade and Cooperation Agreement was both unfair and unfair and penalized the Irish fishing industry. The Irish fishing industry must not be allowed to destroy Ireland’s reputation for producing top quality fish.

It is also seeking to immediately restore traditional access to Rockall fishing grounds.

“If nothing is done, a fifth of the Irish fishing fleet will have to be scrapped at a cost of € 60,000 apiece, and our country’s rights will disappear with them. All this to allow the other fleets that catch 85% of our fish to continue, ”said Mr. Murphy.

He said there were 280 boats over 18 meters long in 2006, but now there are 160.

The Irish fishing fleet comprises 2,030 fishing vessels, 12,000 fishermen, 16,430 processing jobs and accounts for 7% of jobs in the coastal community.

The fishing industry here states that in total, after Brexit, quota transfers between EU member states are estimated at € 199 million based on 2020 quota shares and prices.

For Ireland, this equates to an overall loss of quota of € 43 million, which is equivalent to a

Reduction of 15 pc compared to the overall value of Irish 2020 quotas.

In 2021, the quota reduction is estimated at 26 million euros. The main impact on the Irish fleet comes from Ireland’s two largest fisheries, mackerel and Dublin Bay shrimp, which suffer quota losses of 26pc and 14oc respectively, they say.

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