Fishing hit by a perfect storm of quota cuts and weigh-in row

The fishing industry has traditionally lagged behind farming in Irish trade negotiations – and now, as part of the Brexit withdrawal deal, it has has been hardest hit in the EU, losing €43 million worth of its annual quotas in British waters

1st August, 2021
Fishing hit by a perfect storm of quota cuts and weigh-in row
Karl McHugh: the chief executive of the Atlantic Dawn group says that ‘we’re going to try and weather the storm. We have the motivation and enthusiasm and the commitment to keep going’. Picture: Joe Dunne

Karl McHugh is looking out of the window of his office in the port of Killybegs, thinking of the fish he won’t be allowed to catch.

As chief executive of the Atlantic Dawn company, McHugh has overseen the delivery of a new multimillion euro trawler called Ella, and has three more being built in shipyards in Istanbul in Turkey. But the Irish fishing industry has lost €43 million-worth of its annual quotas in...

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