Written answers

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Fish Quotas

Photo of Charlie McConalogueCharlie McConalogue (Donegal, Fianna Fail)
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565. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the final 2018 Irish quotas agreed in tonnage for each fishing species at the EU fishing Ministers meeting; the value in euro if available; the final 2017 quota agreed for each such species; and the difference between 2017 and 2018 quotas in percentage terms. [53976/17]

Photo of Michael CreedMichael Creed (Cork North West, Fine Gael)
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The annual EU Fisheries Council took place on 11 and 12 December in Brussels.  Following two very challenging days of intensive negotiations I am satisfied to have secured a total package of fish quotas worth €266 million for Irish fishermen for 2018.

This included a 15% increase in prawns, worth over €10.6m to the Irish fleet, which is the biggest single increase in over a decade.  Ireland's overall quota for prawns in 2018 amounts to 10,729 tonnes with a total value of €83m.

There were a number of difficult issues facing us their year but the final package is a balanced and sustainable one.

The Irish quotas agreed at this December's EU Fisheries Council Meeting are as follows: 


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