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Written Answers - Fish Quota

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 765 No. 3

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 406.  Deputy Noel Harrington Information on Noel Harrington Zoom on Noel Harrington  asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney  when he will announce the allocations for boarfish; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23785/12]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney In February 2012, boarfish catch limits for operators with a previous specified track record in the fishery were issued to operators which is applicable up to the end of October. Vessels without the specified track record are permitted to fish up to 400 tonnes for the period up to 31 October as set out in Determination (No. 18) of the Need for an Authorisation for Certain Fish Stocks. A 5% by-catch will be available for all by catches of boarfish in all fisheries and will remain in place for the year, subject to a full closure of the fishery being put in place in the event that the full quota has been landed. Any quota remaining at the end of October will be made available to vessels which landed a minimum of 65% of the catch limit available to them.

At the request of the Industry the fishery was closed on 15 March 2012 and it will re-open on 1 September 2012.


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