Tuesday, 31 May 2011



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Sadly on May 23rd a huge storm struck the North West coast of Ireland with winds if 100 m/ph and 40 foot waves. The result of this storm was catastrophic. The fishermen of Arranmore Island who had their pots set were unable to retrieve them before the storm.
Today, Tuesday 24th May the fishermen surveyed the damage and as a result they have been WIPED OUT and no longer have pots. Thankfully their boats and men survived.
In 2006, Irish government, following a directive from EU totally banned the salmon fishing in Ireland. The government of the day made a package of €25million available to the salmon fishermen as compensation. However one of the clauses in the buyout was that if accepted no fisherman or family member could ever apply to own a commercial license. The fishermen of Arranmore Island refused the package on the principle that it did not belong to them to sell.
On top if that in 2008 the inshore fishermen of Donegal were banned from fishing all types of gillnets which in effect banned them from fishing another 48 species of commercial fish. By doing this they were effectively forced to fish only for lobster and crab. The fishermen of the island have argued the case that these fisheries were not sustainable despite all their conservation methods. They took their argument to
Dáil Eireann, to Brussels, to Ministers, MEPs and to anyone that listened. Sadly no one did. Despite many many promises we were left to fight their own fight.
The fishermen will now seek compensation or the opportunity to fish stocks that they we were banned from. For generations Islanders have been allowed to harvest the sea, the government took away that right from them ...NOW they want it back.
Please support the Arranmore Island fisherman by joining this cause.
Many thanks, Jerry Early (spokesperson of Arranmore Island fishermen).

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