Monday, 13 June 2011

Irish fishermen dump cod

Another story about dumping, this time in Ireland. The Independent reports that because of the tight quotas imposed on Irish fishermen they have not been able to benefit from the unaccepted increase in cod stocks in the part of the Atlantic Ocean now designated as Celtic Sea.. Apparently, only French and British trawlers have been able to get any benefits from the increased stocks, though the quotas imposed on them are quite stringent as well. Dumping of over quota fish is prevalent in the UK as well as Ireland.

It is worth recalling that the whole concept of quotas and TACs is a derogation from the real Common Fisheries Policy, which gives equal access to all EU members right up to the shore. The derogation is due to expire next year but it seems likely that yet another agreement will be cobbled together.


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