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THE Marine Minister Simon Coveney has welcomed the Danish Presidency proposal at the EU Fisheries Council to allow each member state implement its own management arrangement for fish quotas.

Ireland had strongly opposed the EU Commission proposal that would have required all member states to privatise national fish quotas, and allow them to be traded on the open market.

Minister Coveney said, “Since my appointment as Minister, I have made the protection of Ireland’s fishing resources and fishing industry my top priority.

“At every available opportunity, such as last month’s Fisheries Council, at bilateral meetings with fellow ministers, I set down my strong opposition to this proposed privatisation of our national fish quotas.

“Privatising fish quotas would have been a serious threat to the economic survival of our coastal communities.

“If fish quotas were traded on the open market they could be bought by international corporations and would no longer be landed into Ireland.

“This would directly threaten economic activity in our main fishing ports with the loss of jobs not only in the fleet but also in the vital fish processing sector,” he said.