Sinn Féin candidate for Cork South West, Clare O’Callaghan, has questioned the European Commission on the recent prohibition on the fishing of spring-spawning herring in the North East for a straight line from 72° 10,46′ N, 10° 18,42′ East to “Darupskjæret” 70° 40,5′ N, 21° 59,1′ E.
O’Callaghan and her Sinn Féin colleague, MEP Chris MacManus questioned the European Commission on when the EU and Irish authorities were made aware of the prohibition.
“Norwegian authorities have recently implemented a prohibition on fishing spring-spawning herring in the North East for a straight line from 72° 10,46′ N, 10° 18,42′ East to “Darupskjæret” 70° 40,5′ N, 21° 59,1′ E.
“It appears that this prohibition was not communicated to local fishers in Ireland by the relevant Irish authorities, and thus left local fishers in a precarious position of being unaware of what is a seasonal closure on fishing spring-spawning herring.
“This simply is not good enough. Upon hearing of the seasonal closure, the Irish authorities should have immediately informed fishing communities here.
“That is why, along with my Sinn Féin colleague, MEP Chris MacManus, we submitted a Written Question to the European Commission asking them when the prohibition was communicated to them and when the national authorities were made aware of any seasonal closures.
“We cannot have a situation where EU or Irish authorities sit on information that our coastal and fishing communities need to be made aware of.
“It is my hope that the department will now work with the affected fishers to help alleviate any hardships they have encountered as a result of the prohibition.”