Agreement on how a fisheries fund of approximately €6 billion will be allocated among EU Member States was reached in Luxembourg today following two days of negotiations at the EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council.
MARINE Minister Simon Coveney hopes to end the practice of discarding over quota fish catches by 2018, with all excess fish caught to be landed.
Reacting to the actions of a Wexford trawler that landed stocks of out of quota monkfish on the pier at Kilmore Quay on Thursday, Mr Coveney warned that chaos would result if EU policies were ignored. [Read more...]
THE Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney has announced that milk supplies to the end of December 2011, taking into account the relevant butterfat adjustment, were estimated at 0.08 per cent under quota.
This compares an end November position of 0.41 per cent over quota.
The Minister warned milk producers about the “very real threat of a milk super levy at the end of the 2011/2012 milk quota year, if milk production patterns were to mirror those in the final three months of last year.”