Smaller quota for Irish fishermen following West Cork negotiations

Agriculture Minister Simon CoveneyA mackerel quota of 75,000 tonnes has been secured for Irish fishermen for 2016, less than what it achieved in the previous two years. This follows negotiations between Norway, the Faroe Islands and the EU that concluded in West Cork this week. Mackerel is Ireland’s single most valuable fishery and is worth over €63 million. Minister for Agriculture and the Marine, Simon Coveney, said while the quota achieved is lower, the quotas attained over the previous two years were ‘unusually high’ by historical standards.