Fri Dec 21, 2018 6:44 pm
Large trawlers to be banned from fishing within six nautical miles of coast
Creed announces restrictions on vessels more than 18m long due to start in 2020
There will be a three-year transition period for vessels over 18m long fishing for sprat.
Minister for the Marine Michael Creed has promised to introduce a ban on trawling by fishing vessels that are more than 18m long within six nautical miles of the coast from 2020.
However, the new ban affords a three-year transition period for vessels over 18m long fishing for sprat, a key species on which mackerel, herring, whales and dolphins feed.
Sprat is a valuable stock for the fishmeal industry and its exploitation has been linked to the virtual collapse of the Celtic Sea herring fishery.
Sat Dec 22, 2018 1:02 am