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Minister Browne Welcomes Agreement Reached Between Ireland And France On Crab Fishing

November 2007

John Browne TD, The Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Fisheries at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, today announced his intention to reopen the crab fishery along the southwest and south coasts from Sunday, 18th November.

The Minister had sought an exchange of fishing days with the French authorities because all the fishing days allocated to Ireland had been exhausted. Following a direct request by Minster Browne to the French Minister, agreement was reached on the exchange arrangements.

Minister Browne said "I am delighted to be in a position to open the crab fishery in good time for the upcoming and highly profitable Christmas market. This is an extremely important fishery for smaller boats based mainly in the south and southwest of the Country, and I used all avenues to get fishing days from France, which is the only other country allowed fish for crab in this area."

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Date Released: 19 November 2007