Tuesday, 14 February 2012
Department of Agriculture, Marine and Food
Michael Healy-Rae (Kerry South, Independent)
Question 590: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the proposals he has with regard to transparent scientific advice and reports being made available stating who carried out surveys, when and where, the parties involved and the cost of independent scientific information supplied by fishermen to be accommodated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8461/12]
Simon Coveney (Minister, Department of Agriculture, the Marine and Food; Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
I propose to take Questions Nos. 590 and 591 together.
The Marine Institute provide me with scientific advice to inform policy decisions. It annually publishes scientific papers including the Stock Book which details for fisheries of interest to Irish fishermen scientific advice on a stock by stock basis.
The design, management and execution of specific research surveys and data collection exercises are the sole remit of the Marine Institute and should be raised directly with the Institute. The Institute liaise and consult on a regular basis with industry interests including through the well established Industry Science Partnership, which offers a good forum for specific concerns.