[Sinn Fein]

10th December 2002

Ferris Calls For Urgent Action On Fish Quotas

Sinn Fein Spokesperson on the Marine, Martin Ferris TD, attempted to have the business of the Dáil adjourned this afternoon to allow for discussion of the order to end fishing for certain species by the Irish fleet.

Deputy Ferris said; ``The order to stop fishing for these species could not have come at a worse time for Irish fishermen. It is also further proof that the interests of the industry are not being adequately protected under the current quota arrangements. This has led to the ridiculous situation that while Irish fishermen will be prevented from catching these species, fleets from other member states can continue to fish for them in Irish waters.''

Ferris also added his support to the National Day of Action which is being organised for this Friday by the three main fishermen s organisation. Deputy Ferris will attend the Kerry protest that will take place at noon on Friday at Dingle.

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