The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney T.D. today announced a package of measures to develop the inshore fisheries sector. The package is targeted at the inshore fishing sector and consists of three parts including:
(1) The establishment of a National Inshore Fisheries Forum, supported by a network of Regional Inshore Forums in each of the FLAG regions,
(2) A funding programme worth up to €1m for the inshore sector, and
(3) Conservation measures to support lobster and shrimp stocks.
The inshore sector (fishing boats of less than 12m overall length) comprise over 80% of the fishing fleet and are predominately active within 6 nautical miles of the shore. Read full press release here