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Woodland Management – Kilmacrew House, near Banbridge

Sunday 6th January
Kilmacrew House, near Banbridge
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Sunday 20th January
Bog Meadows Nature Reserve, Belfast
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Post Brexit fisheries & NI… 14 September 2018

Post Brexit fisheries regime could leave Northern Ireland in the lurch


(via NIMTF & Nature Matters NI)

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Image by Dave Wall
 
As the UK Government sets out goals for “Sustainable Fisheries for Future Generations” in their White Paper consultation, Northern Ireland runs the risk of missing the boat in getting its local fisheries law future ready. 

The Northern Ireland Marine Task Force (NIMTF) and Nature Matters NI,  environmental coalitions who represent more than 100,000 members have submitted a response[1] to the UK fisheries consultation welcoming that the White Paper will ‘restate the UKs commitment to sustainable fisheries’. The groups are calling for similar policy to be enacted in Northern Ireland.

While the future policy for farming in Northern Ireland is currently out to the public for views, there is no such local consultation for fisheries and our seas

Ellen MacMahon – NIMTF Officer said:

“A common framework for sustainable fisheries is urgently needed across the UK as it prepares to leave the European Union. We need everyone, including Northern Ireland, to play by the same rules and work together in designing a course for future fisheries management. The White Paper must not lead to a pick and mix style framework, where there are disproportionate environmental standards across the UK.

In order to deliver a co–designed and co–managed fisheries framework DEFRA needs to be working closely with the Devolved Administrations and with all fisheries stakeholder groups in a proactive and productive way.