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Fisheries Protection

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 26 September 2018

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Questions (219)

Eamon Scanlon


219. Deputy Eamon Scanlon asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the position regarding support measures for former licensed eel fishermen; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39027/18]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

Ireland’s Eel Management Plan (EMP), including the closure of commercial fishing, was approved, in 2009, by the European Commission under EU Regulation 1100/2007. Fishing for eel was by way of public licence and therefore the issue of compensation does not arise. However, both Minister Naughten and I have secured Exchequer funding for a support measure. Officials have engaged with the European Commission in relation to Ireland's proposals to fund a support scheme for former eel fishermen and the Department has received written advice from the Revenue Commissioners as regards the tax treatment of any payments under such a scheme.

It is intended that the scheme will be open to former fishermen who held an Inland Fisheries Ireland eel fishing licence or a permit from ESB in the period prior to the closure. Officials are liaising with IFI and ESB to verify catch records declared by fishermen and I expect that an announcement of the scheme and a call for applications will be made shortly.