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Northern Ireland Affairs Committee
Report published on Saturday 15 September 2018. Government Response published on Thursday 13 December 2018.
The inquiry will looked at the implications of Brexit for the fishing industry in Northern Ireland.
The sea fishing sector in Northern Ireland employs over 850 people. In terms of ports, the boats which constitute the sea fishing industry are mainly located in the three County Down fishing villages of Portavogie, Kilkeel and Ardglass. Based on 2015 figures, Ardglass and Kilkeel are within the UK’s top 20 ports for tonnage of fish landed. The Northern Ireland fishing fleet is predominantly focussed on the catching of prawn. The total value of fish landed in Northern Ireland’s three primary fishing ports amounted to £20.8 million in 2015.
Fisheries management is a devolved matter. However, the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) has provided a common framework for fisheries management across the Devolved Nations. The CFP’s main policy areas are; fisheries management, funding for fishing communities, market organisation and import tariffs.
The Government’s decision to withdraw from the CFP, the London Fisheries Convention and the EU raises important questions about the future of the fishing industry.
Evidence given by Pat Close, Chairman and CEO, Lough Neagh Fishermen’s Co-operative, Sharon McMahon, Designated Officer, Loughs Agency, Jimmy Kelly, Fisherman, Andrew Orr, Fisherman
There are currently no public meetings scheduled.
Northern Ireland Affairs Committee publishes letter from Environment Secretary