Mackerel quota to increase.
News of an increase in the mackerel quota for next year has been broadly welcomed in Donegal.
It has been announced the mackerel quota for Ireland next year will be 86,429 tonnes, which equates to an increase of over 10,500 tonnes for 2016.
The news has been welcomed by Minister Joe McHugh who said the increase is worth over €10million directly to the catching sector and adds further value to be added by local mackerel processing factories based in Killybegs.
Welcoming the announcement Deputy Pat “The Cope” Gallagher, Fianna Fail’s Marine spokesperson, stated the total value of the mackerel catch for Ireland will now exceed €85 million euro adding “this is much welcomed news and a boost for the fishing sector and the coastal communities”.
Deputy Gallagher stated: “It is very important that the Government position themselves for the 2017 renegotiation between our international partners who form part of the International Fisheries group, as the present framework of quota allocation is to expire in 2018. The best interests of the Irish fishing must be articulated and fought for in the months ahead in early 2017, so that we as a country will be in a strong position for the post 2017 new framework of
quota allocation between our international fisheries partners.