Natural Living Assets
The Cawley Report as it is known (Steering A New Course) defines a vision for a way forward. In the globally competitive world of today it is necessary that the great natural living asset that provides the basic raw material is looked after carefully to ensure sustaianble abundance. That means pursuing a strategy that ensures the resource is still around in years and generations to come. There is a need for
interdependent co operation
between different nations to facillitate this.Each nation has a responsibiltiy to ensure that natural living assets are sustaianble.
Each nation needs to formulate their own national strategies best suited to unique national goals.
However there is also a need for sharing a resource with other nations which demands international standards.
Much of the discussion around the Fishing Industry focuses on carving up what is left via quotas and limts on fishing activity. It would be more helpful to build a concensus that defined a way forward thaty ensured future sustaianble abundance.
Over exploitation continues to be a problem and it is essential that measures are established to ensure that this great renewable resource survives and prospers. How can resources be increased? As stated in report “Over fishing is a major cause in every case. Not just for the shared stocks but equally for those where Ireland is allocated the largest quota. For example Whitefish in the Irish Sea, Herring in the Celtic Sea and off the North West coast.
It is reported that as the demersal and pelagic fisheries are declining in their ability to support economic realities, the shellfish sector has increased in value. A 48% increase in demersal and pelagic stocks quotas would be required to substitute for the recent growth in shellfish value.( Mostly Nephrops)
Is this sustaianble?
Current analysis indicates that this trend for increased shellfish catches is not in itself sustainable and effort reductions on all the major shellfish stocks are urgently required if yields are to be maintained close to maximum levels.
Prospects for Increased Quota
Declining Fish Stocks
Cawley Report; 10 Key challenges for the Fishing Industry in Ireland include
Innovation: innovative market focused strategy to achieve maximum return and value added
Profitability: fragmentation and uncertainty of supply
Balance: need to address the imbalance between catching and available resource
Socio economic value: Stakeholder supported commercially aware fisheries management, including stock compliance with quotas (assumption that Europe knows best? CFP etc
Development Plan: Comprehensive industry development plan supported by regulatory framework. Expand aquaculture.
Proactivity: Obstacles preventing the sustainable exploitation of inshore fisheries
Conservation: Inadequate fish conservation and fishing practices , misreporting , discarding>
Fairness: Level playing field.
Communications and Relationships between industry, state policy makers
Unity: to address fragmented representation
Notes form Cawley Our stocks or shared stocks?
Fleet management practices will be further defined. These will include the establishment of a new inshore fleet segment and the designation of specific coastal areas with exclusive priorities for inshore vessels.
Other Fishing Opportunities or other opportunities must be found for registered fishing displaced form the salmon net ban.
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There was a reported drastic fall in 2005 although this isn’t quantified. Investments in safetyA key priority is to market fish well to maximise value
Need to demonstrate value on quota. (Is there anything that the fishing Industry can do about quota?)
Need to demonstrate that Ireland can utilize the available quota more effectively than competing fishing nations gain credibility at negotiationsto be listened to. Value and sustainability need to be factored into negotiations.)
Economic Reality ” The problems that beset the whitefish sector indicate that the current European and National resource management system has not delivered on its principal objectives of biologically sustainable fisheries and economically viable vessels.
User friendly logbook Recent positive developments in Ireland to conserve stocks include the Introduction of a user friendly logbook. The market analysis used in the Cawley report uses data form 2004 and it would be helpful if more current accurate and up to date information was available. Good up to data is needed to facilliatate a programme to fully address the problem of declining fish stocks.
DATA Mis reporting of data is an issue! The data used in Cawley is based on 2004 catches. For details of data reporting see Marine Institute stock Book
Other snippets Blue whiting worth 8M euros in 2004 14% of pelagic Horse mackerel worth 6.3 M euros in 2004 11% of Pelagic