Outcome of Policy Review on Mackerel Allocations and Fleet Policy

Michael Creed T.D., Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, today announced the outcome of two policy reviews relevant to the fishing industry.The first concerns proposals the Minister received from the Irish South & West Fish Producers Organisation (ISWFPO) for a revised mackerel distribution between the Refrigerated Sea Water (RSW) Pelagic segment and Polyvalent segment of the Irish Fishing Fleet. 

The Minister undertook a full public consultation which commenced on the 10th January 2017 and ran until the 28th February 2017 during which 353 responses were received. A wide diversity of views were submitted and, to support transparency, were made publicly available on the Department’s website where consent for such publication was given by the parties in question.   

The Minister carefully considered the submissions made and the issues raised during the public consultation process and having undertaken a detailed evaluation, the Minister’s amended policy on mackerel management is attached at Appendix 1 and will be available on the Department’s website.

The second policy review relates to separate proposals from the ISWFPO which related to amending replacement capacity rules for fishing vessels.  The review also covered a proposal from the KFO for the ending of a fishing effort regime for the RSW Pelagic segment.

The Minister undertook a public consultation process and 26 submissions were received, which are also on the Department’s website. Following full consideration of the submissions made and the issues arising, the Minister’s amended policy is attached at Appendix 2 and will be available on the Department’s website.