Dáil debates

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Other Questions

Fishing Industry Development.

3:00 pm

Photo of Tom HayesTom Hayes (Tipperary South, Fine Gael)
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Question 49: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the measures that have been adopted to alleviate the difficulties facing the north-west cod fishery in implementing new conservation measures; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11939/09]

Photo of Trevor SargentTrevor Sargent (Minister of State with special responsibility for Food and Horticulture, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; Dublin North, Green Party)
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The reply is the same as that to Question No. 48.

Photo of Brendan HowlinBrendan Howlin (Wexford, Labour)
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Is there a supplementary question?

Photo of Tom SheahanTom Sheahan (Kerry South, Fine Gael)
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We were talking about scientific evidence and the surveys that have been done. I do not know if the Minister of State is aware that an 11-day survey was commissioned but it ended up being a two-day survey.

Photo of Trevor SargentTrevor Sargent (Minister of State with special responsibility for Food and Horticulture, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; Dublin North, Green Party)
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The question is slightly cryptic in that it asks whether I am aware of a study that was just two days long.

Photo of Tom SheahanTom Sheahan (Kerry South, Fine Gael)
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An 11-day survey that was commissioned ended up being a two-day survey.

Photo of Trevor SargentTrevor Sargent (Minister of State with special responsibility for Food and Horticulture, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; Dublin North, Green Party)
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Will the Deputy furnish me with more detail? I wish to follow up this because we will need all the evidence and agreement we can possibly bring to the Commission as we will be asking it for exemptions, for flexibility and to take on board the real situation with which the Deputy and I are familiar.