An Atlantic salmon: Bord Iascaigh Mhara’s licence application had aroused opposition among angling and environmental groups.

Advocates and opponents of aquaculture have welcomed the decision by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) to withdraw its licence application for a 15,000-tonne(...)

The new annual fishing quota deal includes a ban on discarding undersized or over-quota fish at sea, including prawn, whiting, haddock (above) and hake. Photograph: Getty

Fishing industry representatives have welcomed the annual quota deal secured by Minister for Marine Simon Coveney in Brussels early on Wednesday, whic(...)

Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney:   crew will be provided with adequate health cover for the duration of contracts. Photograph: The Irish Times

A Government scheme to give up to 500 “non-European” crew permits to work in the Irish fishing sector will be in place early in the new year, Minister(...)

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney acknowledged the difficulty of reducing methane emissions. Photograph: Bloomberg

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has said that he believes the Paris Agreement on climate change is “fantastic” and “ambitious” but will not req(...)

Warning on the discard ban: Minister for Agriculture, Food and  Marine Simon Coveney. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Dutch freezer trawlers which fish off the Irish coast are not “pirates” and would have “no problem” with taking independent observers on board while a(...)

Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney said:  “We want people who are currently working in the fishing industry but are undocumented - we want to change their status to make sure they are legally working here under a contract of employment. Then after that first three months, there will be a quota, a cap if you like, of 500 people.” File photograph: Chris Furlong/Getty Images

A new work permit system for non-European migrant workers in the fishing industry is to be capped at 500 individuals. Minister for Agriculture and th(...)

Edel McGinley, of the Migrant Rights Centre of Ireland, has called on the Government to extend its focus on the issue of undocumented migrant crew in the fishing industry to all low wage sectors. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

The Migrant Rights Centre of Ireland (MRCI) has called on the Government to extend its focus on the issue of undocumented migrant crew in the fishing (...)

The 143m MV Margiris  was expelled from Australian waters under pressure from environmental and fishing industry groups. Photograph: Air Corps Maritime Patrol Sqdn.

The Irish Wildlife Trust appealed to Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney to seek to have an independent observer placed on board the Dutch-owned (...)

The permits will apply for one year, renewable annually. Photograph: Getty Images

A new immigration permission scheme to allow illegal migrant workers in the fishing industry gain access to working visas is to be proposed by Minist(...)

The use of illegal African and Asian migrant workers as cheap labour on board some Irish trawlers is a “national disgrace” and a blind eye has been turned to the practice for years, according to Ken Fleming of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF).

The use of illegal African and Asian migrant workers as cheap labour on board some Irish trawlers is a “national disgrace” and a blind eye has been tu(...)