Bid to end fishing dispute that sees 120 out of work

Bid to end fishing dispute that sees 120 out of work

Talks are to get underway in Co Wexford this afternoon in an attempt to resolve a fishing dispute that has seen 120 people without work in Kilmore Quay.

Crewmen of the O'Flaherty fishing fleet - one of the largest fleets on the south coast - have been ordered by the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority to cease fishing with immediate effect.

A meeting between both sides is to be held at 2pm this afternoon in Clonakilty in Co Cork where issues relating to the alleged infringement of whitefish quotas will be discussed.

Seamus O'Flaherty has told South East Radio that they had no option but to call in their entire fleet.

"We got a message on Friday from the SSPA that we are to call in all our boats, and were to cease fishing immediately," he said.

"We were forced to call them in, because if they hadn't been called in, they were going to be all arrested by the Navy.

"The upshot of that is that there's 120 people directly employed by us - they'll all be laid off."


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