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The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee inquiry will look at the implications of Brexit for the fishing industry in Northern Ireland.

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  • What is your experience of working in the fishing industry in Northern Ireland?
  • How do you think the UK’s decision to leave the EU and the Common Fisheries Policy will affect fishing in Northern Ireland?
  • How could the Government better support fishing communities in Northern Ireland? 

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Brexit and fisheries

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13 Responses to Brexit and fisheries

Trevor Mckee says:
February 05, 2018 at 04:56 PM
The Whitefish industry has been totally descimated by the CFP and the EU's fixation on Cod recovery which with its broadbrush approach has stiffled ay meaningful investment by the industry.The decision to leave the Eu and hopefully the Cfp should give us hope for the future the quota we loose to other countries who hve historical rights in the irish Sea goes uncaught each year as we are forced to stay tied up with lack of same this returned to the uk is a big plus for us and has give the Industry renewed energy at even the possibility of this
The fleet has suffered badly under the disasterous CFP an ageing fleet needs updated to encourage the skilled workforce to return and train new entrants but the government must create the oppertunity to acheive this the stocks are at an altime high in the Irish Sea we need to be able to sustainable harvest it with a modern efficient fleet crewed by local young men with renewed enthusiasm which the EU robbed from my generation with their death by a thousand cuts
Jo Crossen says:
February 05, 2018 at 03:16 PM
My great grandad granddads a dad newhew all fished don’t hurt the Northern Ireland fisherman please
Jeff scott says:
February 05, 2018 at 10:35 AM
Fish when netted should all be landed no point throwing dead fish back . Once a weight of fish are taken that's fishing finished and overfishing avoided...waste nothing taken and netted.
Thomas Ewing says:
February 05, 2018 at 07:40 AM
Although i do not work in the fishing industry i know people who are and thet say Brexit is a golden chance to take back our waters and make our fishing industry successful again.
Hugo McCormick says:
February 03, 2018 at 09:17 PM
Being out of the EU the UK can only try and control British waters over fishing and ultra modern fishing trawlers will desimate all fishing stocks. The UK Goverment will have great difficult in policing British waters let alone being allowed to fish EU waters.
Mark says:
February 03, 2018 at 07:10 AM
Ban all eu super trawlers from fishing in our waters!
Mr Patrick McMahon says:
February 02, 2018 at 04:56 PM
The UK should take back it's fishing zones and reserve it for our own British fishermen,'Not British registered boats and o8dxpwned by foreigners'who will get a decent living and conserve stocks.We need to take control of all our resources.
John Lynas says:
February 02, 2018 at 01:49 PM
These supertrawlers must be banned forever to save the fishing grounds for our local fishing community.
Andrew Snook says:
February 02, 2018 at 10:35 AM
Conserve our depleted fish stock for future use
John O’Neill says:
February 02, 2018 at 12:03 AM
My experience of the fishing industry in Northern Ireland is that unless there is substantial change in the quota system, inshore fishermen will disappear. In comparison to inshore fishermen in the rest of the UK , our quotas are pitiful. The monthly limits issued to non- sector fishermen disincentivise fishermen from fishing. It is impossible to set a net to catch 25kg of herring! Or 50kg of pollack. Fishermen are told that any fish in excess of quota are to be returned to the sea even if dead. This is madness.
I think that the UK leaving the EU and the CFP is a great opportunity for Northern Ireland fishermen as long as our government fight for Northern Irish fishermen and they get a more equitable share of the UK quota. Failing that I would argue that any non-sector u10 boat should be able fish for a UK wide quota pool of fish so that all UK boats have an equal opportunity to make a living. I feel that the historical way that the quota was established by past catches is not a very equitable method to split the UK quota. There should be a large increase in the UK quota IF the other large EU takers of fish are excluded from the UK sovereign waters. A large percentage of this increase should go to non sector pool as this is where a very large percentage of inshore fishermen fish from. This sector of the fishing fleet have lost out the most with introduction of the CFP and it is this sector who should benefit from the UK withdrawal. How can it be equitable that an inshore fisherman in Poole can catch 5 ton of herring a month but in Carnlough you can only catch 25kg. Not to mention the 100’s of tonnes being caught by large pelagic trawlers. Surely now the government should now attempt to rectify the glaring wrongs of the past before it’s too late and support the inshore fishermen of this country. By supporting the inshore fishermen in the non sector u10, the government will give small coastal communities a financial lifeline and could reverse the trend of families leaving the industry.
The government could also introduce financial aid to help inshore fishermen develop more sustainable selective fishing practices such as rod and line fishing and fish pots where only mature target species are retained and other unwanted fish are released unharmed. It may be that some of the increased quota is earmarked to be only caught using selective methods such as rod and line or fish pots.