CHARLIE McConalogue has announced that he has received the final report of the Seafood Sector Task Force that he established in March 2021.
The Taskforce, chaired by Aidan Cotter, examined the impacts on the fishing sector and coastal communities of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom.
Following receipt of the report, McConalogue, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, said: “The departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union and the Trade and Cooperation Agreement(TCA) that was agreed at the end of 2020 have had some profoundly damaging effects for Ireland’s fishing sector and the coastal communities that depend on fishing.
“Such a once in a generation event required a collective response involving the seafood businesses and coastal communities that are impacted and the full range of State bodies with a role to play in our response.”
Minister McConalogue added: “I have asked my Department to urgently examine the report with a view to quickly implementing a comprehensive response to the impacts of the TCA on our fishing sector and coastal communities.”
The establishment of the Seafood Sector Taskforce is an Action in the Department’s Action Plan 2021 under the Strategic Goal to ‘Deliver a sustainable, competitive and innovative seafood sector, driven by a skilled workforce, delivering value added products in line with consumer demand’.
The full report of the Seafood Sector Task Force is available here: