Creed Hosts Brexit Fisheries discussion


Minister for Agriculture Food and The marine, Michael Creed, yesterday hosted a Brexit discussion, focusing on Fisheries.

Creed Hosts Brexit Fisheries discussion

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Minister for Agriculture Food and The marine, Michael Creed, yesterday hosted a Brexit discussion, focusing on Fisheries.

The discussion took place in Galway yesterday, as part of four days of marine themed events.


This includes the BIM National Seafood Conference and Seafest, which is Ireland's national maritime festival.


Ahead of the discussions Mr. Creed gave an opening address to attendants, which was fllowed up by presentations from Key European fisheries industry leaders.


These included the Chair of the North Sea Advisory, Niels Wichmann, and the Chair of the North Western Waters Advisory Councils, Emiel Brouckaert.


This was proceeded by a discussion which focused on any potential issues facing the seafood sector post-brexit.


The discussion was taken between Mr. Wichmann, Mr. Brouckaert and representatives from the Irish Fishing industry. these representatives included Sean O'Donoghue (KFO), Patrick Murphy (IS&WFPO), Hugo Boyle (ISEFPO) and Lorcán Ó' Cinnéide (IFPEA).


Creed, speaking following the event, said "The BIM National Seafood Conference and Seafest are about celebrating our marine resources and all the opportunities that they provide to us. As part of that awareness, we must now also consider what potential impacts Brexit will have on our sea fisheries industry. Today’s discussion was another highly valuable opportunity to engage with our fisheries stakeholders”.


He continued by saying these discussions highlighted the serious concerns facing the seafood sector and offered his gratitude to all panel experts and representatives who were in attendance.


There were two key objectives outlined by Minister Creed at the event, the maintenance of existing quota shares and existing rights of access.


He said, "The discussions today again highlighted the very real concerns of the fishing industry regarding the potential effects of Brexit. I am very grateful to our presenters and panel members who have provided complex information in a very clear way.”

The Minister also spoke of his discussion with the EU Chief Negotiator, Michel Barnierwho, he saidclearly understands the issues and significance of Brexit for Ireland's fisheries sector.”


Minister Creed reaffirmed the importance of unity within the sector, saying “it is vital that we all work together”.


He said that “for Ministers to be effective, so that Heads of State and Government and Mr Barnier’s team understand and prioritise fisheries, it will be essential that we have a united fishing industry, both nationally and at European level.

Minister Creed concluded with the seanfhocal, “Ní neart go chur le chéile” – “There is strength in unity”.

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