Birdwatch call on overfishing

BIRDWATCH Ireland has called for an end to overfishing following the handing out of Monkfish at Kilmore Quay last week.

Wexford trawler man, Seamus O'Flaherty, gave the fish away to locals rather than dumping his excess quota, as he is meant to do under the EU quota system.

Now BirdWatch Ireland maintain that the giveaway is a clear demonstration of the failure of the EU's Common Fisheries Policy.

Speaking from Kilcoole, Siobhán Egan, Policy Officer with BirdWatch Ireland, says, 'fish discards are a symptom of thirty years of failed fisheries management. Fishing limits have been set too high and fishermen have not been incentivised to employ more selective gear, resulting in stock decline and increasing operational costs.' Alan Lauder, Chief Executive of BirdWatch Ireland, commented that, 'overfishing is a huge waste of an invaluable natural resource, but it is eminently solvable. By fishing less, fishermen could earn more. And fishing in a less damaging way would safeguard the benefits of healthy seas for wildlife and for people into the future.'

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