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Creed delivers 8% increase in value of whitefish quotas for Irish fishermen

Staff Writer |
Following two days of intensive negotiations, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed secured a total package of fish quotas worth €266 million for Irish fishermen for 2018.

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For 2018, a total of 40,168 tonnes of whitefish quotas were agreed. Minister Creed said that "The total €152m value of the whitefish quotas secured for the Irish fishing fleet amounts to a 8% increase in value from last year and a 3% increase in volume. I am satisfied that this is a good and balanced result overall."

Ireland’s quota for prawns amounts to 10,729 tonnes with a value of €83m. The Minister said "This year we secured a 15% increase in prawns, worth over €10.6m directly to the Irish fleet, which is the biggest single increase in over a decade and shows the very healthy state of this stock, overall.

The rebuilding of many of our stocks is also demonstrated by a 34% increase in our whitefish quotas off the north-west coast and a 64% increase in the Irish Sea compared to 5 years ago - both areas where stocks were depleted.

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