Woods, Michael J.

Thursday, 21 May 1992

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 420 No. 1

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Fishery Harbour Centres (Amendment) Bill, 1992: Second Stage.

I move: “That the Bill be now read a Second Time.” The purpose of the Bill is: to define the seaward limits of Castletownbere Harbour to include Berehaven Sound within those limits; and thereby enable...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Dublin Bay Collision.

Was asked: if he will clarify who will pay the salvage cost of the operation for the mv Kilkenny; and whether there has been any changes in the traffic regulations in Dublin Bay since the accident.More Button

Was asked: whether the findings of the investigation into the causes of a collision, involving two ships in Dublin Bay three years ago, have been made available to the Dublin Port Harbour Masters; and if he will...More Button

I propose to take Priority Question No. 1 and Question No. 19 together. The internal Department of the Marine report of the preliminary inquiry under the Merchant Shipping Act, 1894, into the collisio...More Button

The insurers are due to pay the cost of the wreck removal of the m.v. Kilkenny.More Button

It falls to be paid by the insurers of the vessel, m.v. Kilkenny. I do not know how this will be apportioned as that is a separate matter. The collision between the m.v. Hasselwerder and the m.v. K...More Button

I have answered that question already. The cost of wreck removal of the m.v. Kilkenny falls to be paid by the insurers of the vessel. In relation to what will happen subsequently, this all depends o...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Illegal Fishing.

In April 1991 at the instigation of industry representatives in the south west a meeting was held with Spanish fishing boat interests. Officials of my Department attended the meeting as observers. A...More Button

The whole question of fines is being examined at EC level. However, the problem is that our fines tend to be higher and, therefore, we might not want a uniform approach. I can confirm, from the break...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Irish Shipping Employees Compensation.

Was asked: if he will outline the proposed level of compensation to the former employees of Irish Shipping and the total amount of money set out for this purpose in the proposed legislation in this regard; wheth...More Button

Was asked: if, in regard to the recent public statement made by a spokesperson for his Department regarding compensation for former Irish Shipping workers, he will outline the amount of money which is being allo...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 3 and 13 together. In reply to a similar question recently put by Deputy Gregory on this subject, I indicated that the Government have under consideration proposals fr...More Button

The legislation to which the Deputy referred was included in a supplementary list which it was hoped would be available by summer. The current position is as I outlined, that the Government have unde...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Marine Policy.

Was asked: whether the Marine Research Institute have shown up an agenda of priority areas to be researched; if the focus will be on the development of the fishing industry or conservation and protection of thre...More Button

I expect the institute to bring forward proposals for the future scope and direction of marine research at a fairly early stage following establishment. I would point out to the Deputy, however, that ...More Button

These links exist through the Fisheries Research Council and the institute will bring together the activities and work of the various bodies involved. A considerable amount of work is also done by uni...More Button

I agree with the Deputy. One of the functions will be to make what is happening as clear and transparent as possible. We must also improve the direction of the research and its value to the country ...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - State Boards Membership.

Was asked: if he will outline the persons he or his predecessor appointed to boards of State agencies since the terms of the review of the joint Programme for Government as agreed on 18 October 1991; if he will ...More Button

Since 18 October 1991, I have made three appointments to State agencies under my aegis. On 13 November 1991 the Tánaiste and then Minister for the Marine appointed Mr. Thomas Carr to the Wexford Harb...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Shannon Estuary Development.

Was asked: if, in regard to the comments made by the Taoiseach during his visit to the IMI conference in Killarney, he will outline the plans the Government have for the development of the Shannon Estuary as a d...More Button

Was asked: if he will elaborate on a statement by the Taoiseach recently in Killarney, County Kerry, on the possible development of an international sea base in the Shannon Estuary.More Button

Was asked: if he will elaborate on the statement made by the Taoiseach at the IMI conference in Killarney in relation to the development of the Shannon region.More Button

Was asked: if he will elaborate on the comments by the Taoiseach relating to the setting up of a Europort on the Shannon Estuary at the IMI conference in Killarney, County Kerry.More Button

Was asked: if he will confirm whether it is the Government's intention to set up a transhipment port in the Shannon Estuary following the recent statement by the Taoiseach at the IMI conference in Killarney, Cou...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 7, 15, 33, 34 and 39 together. The question of developing transhipment facilities in the Shannon Estuary is being examined at present by my Department, in consultation...More Button

Both aspects will be considered and will form part of the investigation.More Button

In so far as Structural Funds may be available, the question of the organisational arrangement of the area generally would come up. That is one matter that will have to be examined.More Button

The issue of an air bridge versus a sea bridge has been raised. Of course, several sea bridges to Europe are being considered for access to Europe. I remind the Deputy that 97 per cent in volume of ...More Button

This matter has been under consideration for some time. The Deputy asked about ships of 300,000 tonnes. The position is that the maximum size of vessel that can enter Moneypoint is 150,000 tonnes to...More Button

Even in the early stages, the ability to bring in ships of that size could result in substantial indirect savings to the ESB at Moneypoint. If the navigational channel was further deepened it would b...More Button

Apart from the use of that facility to increase the cost-effectiveness of shipments to Ireland, there is the possibility of establishing a port at least as good and probably better from the point of v...More Button

Of course the feasibility study will form part of the study at present in progress. I would not be quite so anxious to downgrade such a major port on the edge of Europe as the Deputy seems to be——More Button

After all, it is a major facility——More Button

It is a major facility which is being examined in detail at present. The feasibility is being examined——More Button

Obviously, in the first instance it will be beneficial to clients locally and could serve as a transhipment point for shipment on into Europe.More Button

As I said at the outset, consultation is taking place between all the relevant Departments and State agencies, including SFADCo.More Button

I did answer the Deputy earlier and said that this was a project which had been under consideration for some time.More Button

Many different aspects were examined over a considerable period. The question is when will it become feasible——More Button

——and in that respect detailed studies are at present being undertaken. (Interruptions.)More Button

I understand the Deputies were not able to get together on the question of the port at Shannon.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Protection of Fish Stocks.

Was asked: if he will outline the progress he has made in seeking EC funding to monitor and protect Irish fishing stocks; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he intends to make further submissions to augment Irish fishery protection facilities in the context of the Common Fisheries Policy Review; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take questions Nos. 8 and 21 together. Under EC Council Decision 89/631, Community funding of £85 million approximately was made available to member states over the period 1991 to 1995 f...More Button

This work is undertaken on our behalf by the Navy. In the case of fixed-wing aircraft for fishery surveillance, that is the responsibility of the Department of Defence. The remainder relates to the ...More Button

In general I would agree with the Deputy. Indeed, I felt so strongly about it that we submitted a very strong paper along those lines in the context of the Common Fisheries Policy review. We pinpoin...More Button

I think there is a separate question on the Canadian issue. We are doing the work on behalf of the Community but we do not want to lose control of the waters. That is the other issue. They are our t...More Button

This is a different question.More Button

I can get the information for the Deputy if he wishes. I think the figures for tourist related angling was £74 million in 1990 and it is probably more of the order of £90 million for 1991. I should ...More Button

I do not know if the Deputy was here earlier but there was a question on the intrusion by Spanish vessels in particular. This is a very serious issue. I recently took action to have a group establis...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Environmental Protection.

Was asked: if measures will be taken by the EC to establish a European environment commission which will promote conservation and provide measures at regional and international level to deal with member states w...More Button

I am not aware of any proposal to establish a European environment commission but the EC is actively involved in environmental matters. It recently issued its fifth Community action programme entitled...More Button

The regulation necessary to establish the European Environment Agency was agreed and adopted during the Irish Presidency. The agency will begin work as soon as the Foreign Ministers of the Community ...More Button

However desirable that may be, it is a separate question.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Salmon Fishing Proposals.

Was asked: if he has had meetings with Mná na Mara, if so, if he will outline the number and location of such meetings, the nature of proposals submitted by the group; and if any of their proposals are being imp...More Button

Was asked: if he intends changing or amending the regulations governing drift-net salmon fishing particularly in relation to the use of monofilament nets; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 10 and 20 together. I am glad of this opportunity to put on record again the long established laws and policy on fishing for salmon. The first point, and this is fund...More Button

I have made a regulation recently, which the Deputy will find in the Library, in relation to the whole question of drift netting. I accept what the Deputy has said in relation to concern for the futu...More Button

That is a separate question. However, the Deputy should look at the regulations in detail. Essentially they are similar to those of last year, with additional provision for the 26 foot boats, which i...More Button

I appreciate the problem about its use in daylight and that that can lead to considerable danger for fishermen in some circumstances. That is being considered in this package. The Deputy can take it...More Button

As the Deputy knows monofilament nets are illegal. It is a question of where the drift netting can take place. These nets can be used outside of 200 metres from a line drawn between two promontaries...More Button

They are illegal. That is a wider question.More Button

The question of salmon ranching, which is used in some other countries, is being investigated. On the price of wild salmon the Deputy will realise that prices generally for salmon have been down cons...More Button

——which are easing off somewhat at this stage because of action taken at EC level.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Development of River Moy.

Was asked: if he will make an order banning the use of shrimps and prawns by salmon anglers on the River Moy, and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: when it is anticipated that the development plan will be completed for the River Moy, and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 11 and 24 together.More Button

It was very difficult to fish in the ridge pool this year because the waters were very strong and unsuitable for fishing. Leaving that aspect aside, the Deputy will know that the traps were left open...More Button

It is an urgent matter and it is being treated urgently. The income in total last year was £197,000. Up to £170,000 was accounted for by the sale of salmon and in addition there was some sale of per...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Exclusive Coastal Zone.

Was asked: if he will outline his plans for the extension of the Exclusive Coastal Zone to a full 12 miles range; if the proposed zone will be reserved exclusively for Irish vessels; and if he will make a statem...More Button

The Deputy will be aware that Ireland and the other member states of the Community have fishery limits extending to 200 miles from baselines. Within that area member states, including Ireland, have ex...More Button

To say the least, I got a fairly frosty response. I had been at other Council meetings in relation to agriculture, social welfare and health, so I was no stranger to the scene. The paper we put was ...More Button

That is the line I will be taking. It is almost a statute barred position, but nonetheless I will adopt that line. If we are to conserve stocks we need to take a different approach to conservation w...More Button

Fishery Harbour Centres (Amendment) Bill, 1992: Second Stage (Resumed).

Dún Laoghaire Harbour is a long way from Castletownbere.More Button

First, I would like to thank the Deputies for their welcome for the Bill. They say that every dog has its day. Even an old sea dog has its historic occasion. It is certainly Deputy Sheehan's day an...More Button

I presume it would be the insurers and the masters of the boats. I would give a wide berth to it as otherwise one might have difficulty in catching up with the insurers. However it can be seen; and ...More Button

The Deputy mentioned the synchro-lift. We are examining it with a view to increasing its lifting capacity. In relation to the volume of traffic, in 1990 a total of 452 vessels entered the sound; 453 ...More Button

From now on they will not get very far from the Deputy as he will have all the power he needs. It will be an added bonus if commercial traffic can be attracted into the harbour as this would lead to ...More Button

Fishery Harbour Centres (Amendment) Bill, 1992: Committee and Final Stages.

I move amendment No. 1: In page 2, between lines 24 and 25, to insert the following subsection: “(4) Where a vessel anchors or passes through Castletownbere Fishery Harbour Centre on a voyage in the ...More Button

That is the purpose of the amendment and it ought to resolve the problem. I foresee no problems since Deputy Sheehan is also a member of Bantry Bay Harbour Commissioners. I am sure they can resolve...More Button

Written Answers. - EC Overfishing.

Was asked: if he will raise at the annual meeting of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organisation the matter of EC over-fishing by some other EC member states in view of the fact that this illegal fishing threa...More Button

I presume the Deputy is referring to the allegations of over-fishing directed by the Canadian authorities against Community vessels fishing in international waters contiguous to Canada. This is a ver...More Button

Written Answers. - Illegal Fishing.

Was asked: whether he is in favour of standardising fines in EC countries for illegal fishing in view of the widespread abuse of regulations in Irish territorial waters.More Button

The primary purpose of any system of penalties should be to ensure that the penalty fits the crime and that it acts as a deterrent to would be offenders. I understand that the range of penalties for ...More Button

Written Answers. - Fish Processing.

Was asked: if he has any plans to set up joint ventures with foreign processors for the manufacture of Irish processed fish products; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Department have in place a comprehensive development programme for the fish processing sector. This programme is aimed at the building of a strong internationally competitive fish processing indu...More Button

Written Answers. - Sea Trout Stocks.

Was asked: whether his Department's research programme, put in place in 1991, has enabled him to identify the factors affecting sea trout stocks; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department played a key role in the funding and organisation of the 1991 research effort into the sea trout population collapse. The results of this work were evaluated by a working group set up u...More Button

Written Answers. - Fish Imports.

Was asked: if he will outline the amount of fish imported into this country in 1989, 1990 and 1991; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The following are the amounts of fish imported into this country, by value and volume, for each of the three years requested:More Button

Written Answers. - Port Development.

Was asked: if he will clarify the situation in relation to the proposed funding of the new developments at Dún Laoghaire Port, in view of the recent announcement in principle to proceed with the development, and...More Button

Following my presentation to Government of the Development Plan for Dún Laoghaire Harbour, prepared by the Interim Dún Laoghaire Harbour Board, I have approved in principle the main outline of the Pla...More Button

Written Answers. - Fishing Trawler Investigation.

Was asked: if any investigation has been held into the circumstances of the sinking of the fishing trawler Amaryllis off Helvick Head on 11 May last; the result of any such investigation; and if he will make a s...More Button

The fishing vessel Amaryllis which was registered in the UK sank of Mine Head, County Waterford on May 11. The crew of three took to the vessel's liferaft and were rescued by an Irish fishing vessel ...More Button

Written Answers. - Angling Development.

Was asked: if he will outline the way in which he expects angling to develop as an attraction having regard to legislation pertaining to fishing licences; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Angling for trout and coarse fish has now been put on a new development footing with the recent establishment of 8 Cooperative Development Societies. The thinking behind the establishment of these so...More Button

Written Answers. - Shellfishing Industry.

Was asked: if he will outline the future for the shell fishing industry; the steps he has taken to encourage this industry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I would like to assure the Deputy that the Government remain committed to the continued development of the shellfish industry, and to the development of the aquaculture sector as a whole. The shellfis...More Button

Written Answers. - Farm Salmon Study.

Was asked: if he has carried out any studies to monitor the effect of escaped farm salmon on wild stocks; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The biological assessment of salmonid populations, both farmed and wild, is one of the areas of ongoing research by my Department's scientific staff. Research is also under way here and in Scotland w...More Button

Written Answers. - Harbour Review Group Report.

Was asked: if he has now received the report of the Harbour Review Group and if it will be published, in view of the fact that he outlined previously to Dáil Eireann that it was anticipated it would be received ...More Button

The Review Group on Commercial Harbours and Pilotage Policy and Legislation has now completed its task and I expect to receive the report in the coming week. I have asked that arrangements be made to...More Button

Written Answers. - Spanish Fishing Vessels.

Was asked: the steps being taken to monitor the operation of Spanish vessels off the south west coast; if his attention has been drawn to reports of Irish vessels being warned off by Spanish boats, and if he wil...More Button

The conditions under which Spanish fishing vessels operate in Irish waters are set out in the Iberian Act of Accession. These arrangements which allow a limited number of Spanish registered fishing ve...More Button

Written Answers. - Commercial Fishermen.

Was asked: the total number of commercial fishermen in the country distinguishing between full-time and part-time fishermen, and whether any steps are being taken to encourage an increase in these numbers in the...More Button

The estimated total number of commercial fishermen in the country at the end of 1990, the latest year for which figures are available, was:More Button

Written Answers. - Galway Fish Farm.

Was asked: whether a fish farm (details supplied) in County Galway is licensed; if he has received any report that the farm has been using excessive amounts of Nuvan and Ivomec and that employees on the farm are...More Button

I can advise the Deputy that the fish farm in question is fully licensed. As required under licence conditions, the fish farmer furnishes to my Department reports of chemical usage. Two recent inspe...More Button

Written Answers. - Fishing Boats' Tonnage.

Was asked: whether he has yet made a policy decision on permitting a tradeoff between tonnage and horsepower in fishing boats so that extra tonnage will be accepted in lieu of a shortfall of horse power, and if ...More Button

I am aware that some fishermen, wishing to comply with the current 100 per cent capacity replacement policy applicable to sea fishing boat licensing, can experience difficulties in locating the precis...More Button

Written Answers. - Dublin Port.

Was asked: when it is envisaged that the Dublin Port and Docks Board will be in a position to license the new stevedoring units in the port, arising out of the liquidations of Dublin Cargo Handling Ltd; if he wi...More Button

I am advised by the Dublin Port and Docks Board that negotiations are at an advanced stage to license a number of new stevedoring operators to provide cargo handling services in the deep sea sector of...More Button


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