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Primary Production from Fisheries

Landings

Data on 2009 landings by broad species type is outlined in Table 11.2. The volume and value of fish landed by Irish vessels in home ports for 2009 amounted to over 170,000 tonnes worth approximately €158 million.

Table11.2 

Aquaculture

Fish farming continues to provide valuable employment around the coast of Ireland, especially in counties Cork, Donegal, Galway, Louth, Wexford and Waterford. Some 1952 people were directly employed in the sector on a full and part time basis in 2009. In 2008 the sector accounted for approximately 20% of the volume of total primary production of fish and shellfish. The volume and value of output from the sector reached 47,400 tonnes valued at €104 million in 2009, representing an 11% increase on 2008. Of this amount shellfish production was valued at €36m, while the corresponding figure for finfish was €68m. Early indications are that there has been further growth in output in 2010 with aquaculture production of 50,000 tonnes.

Aquaculture Investment during 2010 under the Commercial Aquaculture Development Scheme of the NDP 2007-2013

The Irish Seafood National Programme was approved by Government and launched in July 2010. A call for applications under the Commercial Aquaculture Development Scheme was advertised in the national press on 30th July 2010 and a closing date for receipt of applications was set for the 20th August 2010.

Twelve applications were received by An Bord Iascaigh Mhara and Údarás na Gaeltachta of which ten, having an aggregate investment of €1.949 million, were approved for grant assistance.

Seven of the aquaculture projects, involving an investment of €1.419 million, were implemented and grant assistance of €567,693 was drawn down before the deadline 31st December 2010. Three of the seven projects involved the provision of handling and grading facilities for oysters; two projects involved the provision of handling facilities for fresh water trout; one project involved the modernisation of production facilities for sea reared rainbow trout and one project involved the modernisation of production facilities for turbot farming.

Figure11.2