The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., has announced that the implementation of the Pilot Quota Balancing Policy for Demersal (Whitefish) Stocks will be delayed until June 1st, 2020.
The Minister has acknowledged that the current economic climate has had a significant impact on the seafood industry and has been particularly challenging for vessels in the demersal (whitefish) fleet, stating “this delay will allow our whitefish fleet extra time to become familiar with the quota balancing process and to adapt in these unprecedented times.”
The Pilot Quota Balancing Policy for Demersal (Whitefish) Stocks (with technical amendment of August 2019) was due to be implemented from January 1st of this year, with quota balancing statements to issue to licence holders later this month. It is anticipated that quota balancing statements for demersal (whitefish) stocks for the calendar months of January 2020 to May 2020 will be issued to licence holders for information purposes only.
A copy of the Pilot Quota Balancing Policy for Demersal Stocks (with technical amendment of August 2019) is available to view on the Department’s website at https://www.agriculture.gov.ie/seafood/seafoodpolicy/forms/.