Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has strongly welcomed an EU Commission proposal for a comprehensive prohibition on commercial fishing for seabass in the Irish Seas.
The new regime will extend Ireland’s ban on seabass fishing to all EU vessels, and underpins the conservation actions already taken by Ireland with regard to the seabass stock.
The Minister said “Ireland has had stringent measures in place for the protection of seabass, a very important angling species, for a long number of years. However, those measures only applied to Irish vessels. I have been very active over the past six months lobbying the EU Commission and relevant Member States on this issue. I am delighted that the EU finally recognises the lead taken by Ireland by extending our ban on commercial fishing to all EU vessels operating in the waters around Ireland.”…
Farmer’s Journal 20/05/2015  Read the article ‘Coveney welcomes proposed ban on fishing for seabass in Irish waters’