A fisherman inspects a catch. The Sea Fisheries Protection Authority is obliged, both as a matter of European and domestic law, to regulate the weighing system itself. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Sea Fisheries Protection Authority has breached national and European law in withholding approval for a new industry owned and operated conveyor b(...)

Sean O’Donoghue, chief executive of the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation: ‘It can’t work. You are really going back to the stone age in terms of weighing.’ File photograph: William Edwards/AFP

Efforts are under way for the Irish fishing sector to access a controversial European Commission investigation report that led to catches having to be(...)

Fishermen unload their catches. Photographer: Chris J. Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The quality of fresh fish landed in Irish harbours will be adversely affected by European Commission demands for a move to pier-side weighing of catch(...)

The Irish Fish Producers Organisation will argue the Sea Fisheries (Amendment) Bill ‘repeats the mistakes’ of earlier legislation introduced by the last government. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A new system introducing penalty points for masters of fishing vessels is “unfair and unbalanced”, with “nonsensical” elements, an Oireachtas committe(...)

Irish naval vessel LÉ Róisín on a routine patrol off Rockall. Photograph: Irish Naval Service

A renewal of tensions over fishing access around Rockall in the North Atlantic now threatens to “finish” seasonal Irish squid fishing, industry repres(...)

Taoiseach says while the deal reached between the EU-UK would disappoint fishermen, it is was still better than no deal. Photograph: PA

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said the Irish fishing industry will be disappointed by the EU-UK trade deal, which he called “the least bad version of Brexi(...)

UK chief negotiator David Frost leaving the UK ambassador’s residence in Brussels. Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AP Photo

Talk turned to how to limit the damage on January 1st as a resolution remained elusive in talks between the European Union and United Kingdom to set t(...)

A fishing vessel comes into  harbour in  Howth, Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

New proposals from the EU to reach agreement in Brexit trade negotiations with the UK would be a “death knell” for the Irish fishing sector, an indust(...)

The Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture and the Marine has been told that recent successes in increasing fish stocks could be reversed. File photograph: Getty

Fears have been raised over the potential for significant ecological damage to fishing grounds if a no-deal Brexit drives more EU boats away from UK w(...)

The Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation said it would be ‘totally unacceptable’ if the UK was proposing to discuss EU access to pelagic stocks in British waters in ongoing annual negotiations. File photograph: Getty

The UK proposal to strip pelagic fish stocks such as mackerel out of talks on a trade deal with the EU could undermine the viability of Irish fishing,(...)

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