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Fish Quotas

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 15 January 2019

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Questions (838)

Charlie McConalogue


838. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the amount of the sentinel herring fisheries quota that remained as at 21 December 2018; if he will consider extending the 2018 management period to 31 January 2019 for vessels with a qualifying track record; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1324/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The quota made available to the Celtic Sea Herring Sentinel Fishery in 2018 is 1,095t (11%of the overall quota for this stock in the Celtic Sea in line with Ministerial policy). Preliminary landing figures received from the SFPA indicate that 743t (68%) was landed in 2018. Under long standing policy ,quota may not be carried forward into the following year in respect of individual boats or groups of boats within a fishery, e.g. the Celtic Sea Herring Sentinel Fishery. This policy protects the public ownership of quotas and protects against property rights being established which would transfer ownership of quotas into private hands. EU Regulation provides for the carry over of up to 10% of 2018 final quota, if uncaught, to 2019. Policy provides that an 11% allocation of Ireland's 2019 Celtic Sea herring quota will be made available to the Sentinel fishery in 2019, the available national quota will be adjusted to include any carry over (up to 10%) of uncaught quota in 2018.

The Celtic Sea Herring Sentinel fishery is opened to vessels <17 metres in length overall which are not ring fenced in the main fishery. Track record is not necessary to participate in the fishery.