Sinn Féin MEP, Martina Anderson visited South Down this week to meet with fishermen in Ardglass accompanied by party colleagues, Chris Hazzard MLA and Down Councillor, Liam Johnston.

Martina Anderson said:

“It is important that our traditional fishing industry is protected from further decline. During my meeting with the fishermen’s representatives in Ardglass, I was pleased to have the opportunity to discuss how best to increase the quotas for the Irish fishing fleet and make the industry more sustainable in the longer term while protecting jobs and family incomes.

“The rising cost of fuel, an ageing fishing feet, quotas and the number of days allowed at sea as well as the conservation of stocks were all topics which were discussed at length.

“I am pleased to be standing up with my party colleague, Chris Hazzard MLA and our local District Councillors for the Irish fishing industry and trying to secure the best possible deal for our local fishermen, their families and communities.

“We are very proud of our local hospitality industry and the wide range of seafood options on offer in local restaurants which we got to sample during our visit to Ardglass. When we defend our fishing industry we are not just protecting fishermen and their families we are protecting jobs and product source for our local hospitality industry also.”