Fisheries and Aquaculture

We must aim for a sustainable Common Fisheries Policy and an aquaculture industry which ensures that habitats, flora and fauna are not adversely impacted.

1st October 2014

Ireland’s bottom-of-the-class global environmental rating has been revealed in an international report published today.

The Living Planet Report published by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) finds that Ireland has the 14th highest ecological footprint in global resource consumption impact on a per capita basis, just behind Tony Abbott’s coal-burning Australia.

18th September 2014

Ireland has a legal obligation under EU law to provide an effective and compliant strategy to (i) meet the obligations of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, (ii) to maintain the Good Environmental Status of the marine ecosystem, (iii) to apply the precautionary and polluter pays principles in achieving this, and (iv) to set out environmental targets and indicators to achieve and maintain the Good Environmental Status of the marine environment by 2020.

27th June 2014

An Taisce has made a submission on the new Cork Port application to An Bord Pleanala under the Planning and Development (Strategic Infrastructure) Act 2006. The application is largely a repeat of a previous proposal refused by An Bord Pleanála on 25th June 2008 (Ref: 04.PA0003), for development at Oyster Bank, Ringaskiddy.

27th February 2013

An Taisce welcomes the agreement reached last night by Minister Coveney and other EU Fisheries Ministers to tackle the scandal of discards, which is the current practice of dumping over quota or non quota catches, but notes with disappointment that the agreement fails to match the ambition of the reforms proposed by the European Parliament on 6 February, with an overwhelming democratic mandate of 502 to 137 votes.

10th January 2014

An Taisce welcomes this consultation period on the implementation of Marine Strategy Framework Directive and the opportunity to make a submission with regard to same.

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5th October 2012

Yesterday’s landing of ‘discards’ in Kilmore Quay highlights An Taisce’s concern about the common practice of discarding fish which are too small or fall outside European quotas.

Discards are mandatory under the current EU Common Fisheries Policy, which is intended to protect fish stocks by setting quotas and minimum sizes of fish. Some 38 per cent of commercial Irish whitefish catches currently have to be thrown overboard under EU rules.

12th November 2013

Marine Institute study has been panned by Canadian, Norwegian and Scottish scientists

University of Toronto analysis shows the Marine Institute’s 2013 study is scarcely worth the paper it is written on

Earlier this year the Marine Institute produced a study which sought to downplay the role of sea lice in compromising salmon populations, particularly the survival of wild salmon.

As the National Parks & Wildlife Service explains, "Ireland is home to 28 species of land mammal, over 400 species of birds, more than 4,000 plant species and over 12,000 species of insect. If we want all of this to survive, we must ensure that there are enough suitable areas for all these species to flourish.

An Taisce supports the sustainable development of aquaculture, in keeping with other objectives for the relevant area. That is, aquaculture projects should be developed in a balanced manner which does not cause degradation in the area of the aquaculture facility, for example through habitat destruction, by way of habitat alteration, or by degrading water quality. In essence, any aquaculture development must ensure that local habitats, flora, fauna, and avifauna are not adversely impacted.


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