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Letters – Penalty points for the fishing industry

Dear Sirs, The fishing industry has been dealt a destructive blow with the reintroduction of penalty points by Minister Simon Coveney. This has been done in recent days via the signing of a statutory instrument by the Minister . This comes in the wake of a number of successful challenges in the Irish Courts against the penal system enforced by the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority . The penalty points system

Minister Coveney outlines details of planned new scheme for non EEA workers in Irish fishing fleet

MINISTER for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney welcomed agreement reached at today’s Task Force meeting on a new system for migrant workers in the fishing industry. The Minister, who also chaired the Task Force, provided details of the new arrangements which have been agreed. The Government Task Force was set up to address the situation of non EEA workers in the Irish Fishing Fleet.

Major Castletownbere pier investment announced

THE Minister for the Marine, Simon Coveney has announced that he was moving ahead with detailed design of a major pier extension and an upgrade of the shipyard facilities on Dinish Island, Castletownbere. The Minister said, “In April 2012 I officially opened the first phase of the pier development on Dinish. This development has been very successful in facilitating the growth of the Castletownbere based fishing fleet and underpinning the

Minister announces €241 million Seafood Development Programme in Clonakilty

THE Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney announced plans for a new €241 million development programme for the seafood sector for the period up to 2020 at a recent event at the Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) Seafood Development Centre in Clonakilty. A public consultation on the Minister’s proposals for the new Programme and a strategic environmental assessment were published, with comments invited by 1 May 2015. In

€1.4 billion GLAS scheme “significant” for the rural recovery

FINE Gael Cork South West TD, Noel Harrington, has welcomed the news that the €1.4bn GLAS scheme is open, saying it will play a significant role in the rural recovery. Deputy Harrington was speaking at the Fine Gael National Conference in Castlebar, where the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, announced the new €1.4 billion agri-environment scheme.

Minister Coveney inspects storm gates installation on Cape Clear

MINISTER for the Marine Simon Coveney visited Cape Clear Island recently to see the progress of the new storm gates being installed to protect the island’s North Harbour from storm damage.   The €4.3 million project will see the automatic gates installed that will be able to close at the touch of a button and protect the harbour’s interior from storm surges and waves. It is expected that the gates

High Court Order sought for Bantry Bay salmon farm escape report

THE High Court has been asked to require the Information Commissioner, Peter Tyndall, to rule on Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney’s refusal to release the accident report on the escape of 230,000 salmon in Bantry Bay last February. West Cork based lobby group Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE) have asked the Court for an ‘Order of Mandamus’ requiring the Commissioner to hear an appeal of the Minister’s refusal.

Fish farm campaigners claim Minister refusing to release Bantry fish escape report

ANTI fish farm campaigners have accused Minster Simon Coveney of refusing to release the Department’s Report on the loss of 230,000 salmon in Bantry Bay last February.   The decision they say, claims that the work is not completed and that the public interest would not be served by the disclosure of the Department of Marine’s Engineering Division report.

€100,000 funding confirmed for underwater survey of Castletownbere Harbour

THE Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has confirmed funding of €100,000 towards the carrying out of an underwater survey on the sea bed, to ascertain the possibility for the construction of an additional deep water quay at Castletownbere.   The underwater survey on the southern shore of Dinish Island will ascertain if the construction of an additional deep water quay for Castletownbere is possible.

€148 million EU funds secured for Irish seafood industry

FOLLOWING months of intense lobbying and negotiation, Marine Minister Simon Coveney has secured €148 million from the EU fund for the period 2014 to 2020 for the development of the Irish seafood industry and the coastal communities that depend upon it. The Minister said “This funding is more than double the amount that was available to Ireland during the last Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and will ensure a strong fishing

Minister in West Cork to announce measures to develop inshore fisheries

THE Minister for the Marine, Simon Coveney was in West Cork recently to announce a package of measures to develop the inshore fisheries sector. The package is targeted at the inshore fishing sector and consists of three parts, the establishment of a National Inshore Fisheries Forum; a funding programme worth up to €1m for the inshore sector and conservation measures to support lobster and shrimp stocks.

Rural development programme signifies major investment

THE Minister for Agriculture and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD has announced details of the €4 billion Rural Development Programme (RDP) for 2014-2020.   The programme includes €1,450 million for the Agri-Environment Scheme (GLAS) providing for a maximum payment of €5,000 for up to 50,000 farmers and it is anticipated that some 25,000-30,000 farmers will be accepted into the scheme in 2015.

Minister targeting low income farmers claims Senator

FIANNA Fáil Senator for West Cork Denis O’Donovan has accused the Agriculture Minister of bringing in another sneaky tax which will leave low income farmers with even less money in their pockets.  The cut to the Single Farm Payment was agreed when Minister Coveney was President of the European Council of Agriculture Ministers.   This stealth cut is being introduced this year and will hit dozens of small farmers across

Minister confirms Bantry Bay fish farm escape

THE Minister for the Marine, Simon Coveney has confirmed that a major escape of farmed salmon occurred in Bantry Bay following the severe storms in February.   In a parliamentary question response the minister said, “The results of this preliminary examination suggest that the total number of salmon held on site in three cages immediately prior to the recent storm was in the order of 250,000. The number of live

€4m investment in Cape Clear

THE Minister for the Marine, Simon Coveney has announced funding for the remediation and harbour improvement works at North Harbour, Cape Clear, which will see an investment of €4 million being made.   Fine Gael TD for Cork South West, Noel Harrington welcomed the announcement saying it demonstrates the Government’s commitment to coastal communities and to ensuring marine infrastructure is maintained and kept up to standard.

Major investment in West Cork seafood processing

WEST Cork seafood companies are set for more than €350,000 of investment as part of €2.4 million in national grant aid announced by marine minister Simon Coveney.   The funding for the 25 seafood processing companies under the 2013 Seafood Processing Business Investment Scheme includes three who are based in West Cork who will receive a total of €351,493.

A brighter future for Irish fisheries says minister

FISHERIES Minister Simon Coveney has said that the new EU new Common Fisheries Policy recently agreed is practical, implementable and one which places sustainability firmly at its core.   According to the minister the policy will provide for a vital, vibrant industry and healthy fishing stock long into the future.

Coveney extends imported fodder transport scheme

MINISTER for Agriculture Simon Coveney has announced that he has extended the duration of the Imported Fodder Transport Scheme for one week. The scheme will now run until Friday 10th May.   The Minister also today confirmed that maize silage is eligible under the scheme. He said his Department has been working with the industry on this and said that large quantities of maize silage up to 6,000 tons are

“New age” for fisheries with agreement on discard ban

THE Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine, Simon Coveney following a long and tense set of negotiations brokered political agreement at the Council of Fisheries Ministers for the introduction of a Europe wide discards ban.   The decision made by the Council of Ministers in Brussels is a very important decision for the future of European fisheries and is a clear expression of the will of the Council to consign