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Creed secures 233,500 tonnes of fish quotas, worth €280m for Irish Fishermen for 2017

  • Increase of 9% in €74m Prawn quota

 

  • 14% increase in €86m Mackerel quota

 

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., today secured 233,500 tonnes of quotas worth €280 million for Irish fishermen for 2017. This represents an increase of 17,390 tonnes over 2016. The Minister secured the deal in the early hours of Wednesday morning following two days of intensive negotiations at the annual Fisheries Council in Brussels.

Commenting on the Commission package agreed by Member States, including Ireland, the Minister said “This is a balanced package for the Irish fishing industry. I am satisfied that I have managed to turn an extremely worrying set of proposals from the Commission into a much improved outcome for the Irish fishing industry.  I am especially pleased that the quotas agreed respects the scientific advice ensuring that the fish stocks in our waters will be managed sustainably.”

The Minister said "The total €280m value of quotas, which represents a 6% increase on 2016, is a good result overall and is a long way from the original Commission proposals which would have resulted in very significant losses to our fleet. The original proposal included a 19% reduction in whitefish quotas.

The Minster said "I am particularly pleased to have persuaded the Commission to reverse the proposed 9% cut in the prawn quota, the most important fishery for the whitefish fleet.  We succeeded in getting the Commission to apply the appropriate scientific advice for prawns resulting in a 9% increase. This was my number one priority heading into these negotiations and I am very happy with the result”.

The specific quota details negotiated by Minister Creed include:

  • For the South and West coasts and the Irish Sea, a 9% increase in the €74 million prawn fishery which benefits the ports of Clogherhead, Howth, Union Hall, Castletownbere, Dingle and Ros a Mhil.
  • For the South West, a 9% increase in hake, reversal of cuts proposed for monkfish - important for the southern ports of Castletownbere and Dingle.
  • For the Celtic Sea fisheries: 21% increase in whiting (from a possible 27% cut); 7 % increase in haddock, 15% cut in cod (reduced from the 68% proposed cut).
  • For the Irish Sea, a 25% increase in haddock; retention of cod and sole quotas.
  • In the North West, a 20% increase in monkfish quota; a 9% increase for the megrim quota, a near doubling of the Rockall haddock quota and no change in whiting benefiting the ports of Greencastle and Killybegs.
  • Cuts in line with scientific advice were applied to haddock in the North West and megrim in the Celtic Sea.

The Minister explained "The most difficult area coming into these negotiations was the Commission proposal for cod and whiting in the Celtic Sea.  The proposal was for a -68% cut on cod and a -27% cut in whiting.  Whilst the scientific advice on cod in the Celtic sea is worrying, the scientific advice on whiting in the Celtic sea is positive. I am satisfied that the final outcome of a -15% cut in the cod quota and a 21% increase in the whiting quota was the most positive that could have been achieved. The impact of the cut in cod quota for Ireland, is substantially reduced through the application of the Hague Preferences*”.

On Mackerel, the Minster said that “Overall I am very satisfied with the increase in the quota allocation for our single most valuable fishery, Mackerel, which will have a value of €86m in 2017.

Minister Creed concluded "In 2017 we will now have a significant increase for our vitally important whitefish fisheries and stability for many of our valuable stocks around our coast. This will  ensure the continued vibrancy of our industry and the long term sustainability of our stocks”.

Notes to Editor

 *Hague Preferences

The Hague Preferences are Common Fisheries Policy arrangements which benefit Ireland in circumstances where the Total Allowable Catch is set at a low level due to the situation of stocks. When the Hague Preferences are applied Ireland receives a lower reduction in quota than other Member States.

SUMMARY QUOTA SITUATION FOR IRISH FISHERMEN FOR 2017

Total Allowable Catch (TAC) and Irish Quotas  agreed at the Council of Ministers, December 2017

FINAL

             

STOCK

AREA

Quota 2016

Quota 2017

Change 2016 - 2017

Value €million

Change 2016 - 2017

TOTAL ALL STOCKS

216,222

233,610

17,388

8%

€279

6%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cod

VIIa

97

97

0

 

€0.3

 

Cod

VII b-k

864

738

-126

-15%

€2.2

-15%

Megrims

VII

3,021

2,266

-755

-25%

€8.2

-25%

Monkfish

VII

2,540

2,540

0

 

€11.1

 

Haddock

VII b-k

1,613

1,722

109

7%

€3.4

7%

Haddock

VIIa

716

898

182

25%

€1.8

25%

Whiting

VIIa

46

46

0

 

€0.1

 

Whiting

VIIb-k

6,333

7,651

1,318

21%

€10.4

21%

Plaice

VIIa

768

768

0

 

€1.5

 

Plaice

VII bc

63

63

0

 

€0.1

 

Plaice

VII fg

200

200

0

 

€0.4

 

Plaice

VII hjk

59

56

-3

 

€0.1

 

Pollack

VII

1,030

927

-103

-10%

€2.3

-10%

Saithe

VII

1,491

1,491

0

 

€2.2

 

Common sole

VIIa

17

17

0

 

€0.2

 

Common sole

VII bc

36

36

0

 

€0.3

 

Common sole

VII fg

24

26

2

 

€0.2

 

Common sole

VII hjk

171

171

0

 

€1.5

 

Norway lobster

VII

8,610

9,350

740

9%

€73.6

9%

Sub Total (Area VII)

27,699

29,063

1,364

5%

€120

4%

               

Cod

VIa

0

0

0

 

€0.0

 

Cod

VIb  

16

16

0

 

€0.0

 

Megrims

VI

675

736

61

9%

€2.7

9%

Monkfish

VI

638

765

127

20%

€3.4

20%

Haddock

VIb XII XIV

353

410

57

16%

€0.8

16%

Haddock

VIa Vb

1,008

495

-513

-51%

€1.0

-51%

Whiting

VI

64

64

0

 

€0.1

 

Plaice

VI

261

261

0

 

€0.5

 

Pollack

VI

56

56

0

 

€0.1

 

Saithe

VI

384

433

49

13%

€0.6

13%

Common sole

VI

46

46

0

 

€0.4

 

Norway lobster

VI

223

222

-1

 

€1.7

 

Sub Total (Area VI)

3,724

3,504

-220

-6%

€11.4

0%

               

Stock

AREA

Quota 2016

Quota 2017

Change 2016 - 2017

Value €million

Change 2016 - 2017

Tusk

V, VI, VII

53

53

0

 

€0.1

 

Hake

VI, VII

3,415

3,732

317

9%

€8.6

9%

Blue Ling

Vb,VI,VII

14

32

18

 

€0.0

 

Blue Ling

II, IV

4

4

0

 

€0.0

 

Ling

VI - IX, X, XII, XIV

758

1,008

250

33%

€1.6

33%

Skates & Rays

VI, VIIa-c, & e-k

1,048

1,100

52

5%

€1.9

5%

Greenland Halibut

IIa, IV, VI

16

16

0

 

€0.2

 

Spurdog/dogfish

I, V - VIII, XII, XIV

0

0

0

 

€0.0

 

Cod

I,II

298

344

46

15%

€1.0

15%

Redfish

V, XII, XIV (Shallow)

0

0

0

 

€0.0

 

Redfish

V, XII, XIV (Deep)

0

0

0

 

€0.0

 

Sub Total (Shared Area VI & VII)

5,606

6,289

683

12%

€13.4

11%

               

TOTAL DEMERSAL

37,029

38,857

1,828

5%

€145

4%

               

Stock

AREA

Quota 2016

Quota 2017

Change 2016 - 2017

Value €million

Change 2016 - 2017

Greater silver smelt

III, IV

7

7

0

 

€0.0

 

Greater silver smelt

V, VI, VII

305

276

-29

 

€0.2

 

Boarfish

VI, VII,VIII

29,464

18,858

-10,606

-36%

€3.3

-36%

Herring

VIaN

630

630

0

 

€0.2

 

Herring

VIaS, VIIbc

1,482

1,482

0

 

€0.5

 

Herring

VIIa

1,191

1,074

-117

-10%

€0.4

-10%

Herring

VII ghjk

13,345

12,502

-843

-6%

€4.3

-6%

Blue whiting

I - VIII a,b,d,e XII,XIV

24,550

45,547

20,997

86%

€12.0

86%

Mackerel

VI, VII

75,837

86,426

10,589

14%

€86.4

14%

Horse mackerel

IVb, IVc, and VIId

347

438

91

26%

€0.4

 

Horse mackerel

IIa,IVa,VI,VIIa-c,e-k,VIIIabe

27,621

21,268

-6,353

-23%

€18.8

-23%

Herring

I, II

1,830

3,731

1,901

104%

€1.3

104%

Albacore

North Atlantic

2,584

2,514

-70

 

€6.8

 

TOTAL PELAGIC

179,193

194,753

15,560

9%

€135

7%

 

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Date Released: 14 December 2016