Ireland. Fishermen's Federation leaders at Waterford Terra Madre Slow Food conference

Saturday, 06 September 2008

Leaders of the Federation of Irish Fishermen yesterday participated in an important workshop on Sea Fisheries at the prestigious "Terra Madre" Slow Food festival currently underway in Waterford. The workshop stressed the potential of Irish fish as a vital element of Ireland's indigenous food industry, and the need for comprehensive reform at Irish and EU Common Fisheries Policy levels to enable survival of Ireland's inshore and offshore fishing sectors which are in serious crisis.

Federation Chairman Gerard O'Flynn delivered a presentation of the workshop's conclusions to the General Assembly of the Slow Food festival this afternoon.

Mr. O'Flynn said. "The current management systems are leading to a totally unsustainable position both for fish stocks and for coastal communities and are in need of root and branch reform. Fishing is one of our principal natural renewable resources which could still have a huge future IF we have fundamental change in the regulation and management of the industry".

Last Updated ( Saturday, 06 September 2008 )