Kerry fishing sector to benefit from €148 million in EU funding – Griffin

Thursday, 12th June 2014
Kerry fishing sector to benefit from €148 million in EU funding – Griffin
Fine Gael Kerry TD, Brendan Griffin, has today (Thursday) welcomed the news that €148 million in EU funding has been secured for the seafood industry.

“After intensive lobbying by Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney TD, more than double the amount of funding has been made available under the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). Under the last Common Fisheries Policy we received €70 million whereas this time it will be almost €148 million.

“This is very significant in developing the Irish seafood industry and supporting coastal communities. Today’s announcement is a huge boost for Kerry, in particular for communities like Dingle which is hugely dependent on the fishing industry. The fisheries and seafood sector is hugely important for Irish jobs employing over 11,000 people around the country.

“The new CFP is a major overhaul of the way in which fishing is carried out in EU waters; it will support  fishing fleets to meet to meet the challenges of the new discards ban, it will provide a framework for the long term sustainability of fish stocks and it will assist in developing the seafood processing sector.

“The announcement includes a figure of €71 million for direct investment in the seafood industry to provide for both onshore and offshore jobs.

“Fishing is a vital industry in Kerry and I am delighted that those working in the area will benefit from this funding. Long-term thinking is needed in this area; we need the seafood industry to be productive, profitable and sustainable.”

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For Further Details Please Contact Brendan 087-6528841

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