MEP Anderson congratulates Minister on robust defence of fishery sector

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has congratulated Fishery Minister Michelle O’Neill on her robust defence of the North’s fishing quota.

Martina Anderson said:

“Minister O’Neill deserves much credit following difficult negotiations in Brussels this week on the Common Fisheries Reform package.

“With the Commission proposing a huge reduction of 24% in the quota for Area VII prawns it was always going to be a difficult negotiation but through her determined efforts Minister O’Neill succeeded in reducing this to 9%.

“While it will still present some difficulties for fishing communities, faced with a situation where enough member states were in favour of accepting the overall package, I believe that the Minister’s achievement is commendable.”