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Significant enforcement problems prevail in Irish industry: Fishing's control issues April 08,2021   |  Source: thejournal.ie

"The finest cod bank on the Irish coast lies about two to three leagues to the northward of Boffin, nearly midway between that and Achill Head.”

The “great harvest” on the bank couldn’t be exploited by the Inishbofin islanders due to the small size of their boats, according to a report from 1873 by the then Inspector of Irish Fisheries, Thomas F. Brady,

Much has changed over the past almost 150 years. Not only is cod in crisis, but decades of overfishing combined with years of under-regulation have left many other species under threat.

“The oceans if managed sustainably and protected sufficiently are one of our most powerful allies in the fight against climate change,” according to Virginijus Sinkevičius, the European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries.

In order to do this, Sinkevičius said, in a recent online conference, that managing fisheries is key.

"An effective control system is the precondition for an effective fisheries policy… the best policy remains toothless if not properly implemented and enforced."

That is where Ireland has fallen down in recent years, according to European Commission who found “severe and significant weaknesses” in the Irish control system.

Over the past number of months, Noteworthy has

 

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Theme(s): Fisheries Development and Aquaculture.

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