Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (470)

Martin Ferris


587 Mr. Ferris asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources the total number employed in marine fishing; and the current annual production in that sector in value and tonnage. [1119/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources)

Surveys in relation to employment in the Irish seafood industry, comprising fishing, aquaculture, processing and ancillary sectors are carried out by Bord Iascaigh Mhara on a periodic basis. According to its most recent survey, carried out in 2000, total employment, including full and part-time jobs, amounted to approximately 9,000 in the marine fishing sector. The processing and ancillary sectors accounted for a further 6,200 jobs.

According to the latest figures produced by my Department for 2002, annual production amounted to 278,000 tonnes approximately (landed weight) with a value of €234.3 million. This figure includes aquaculture landings (mussels, oysters) of 30,000 tonnes with a value of €21 million.