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Minister Creed has also met representatives from the seafood sector to discuss and understand the situation on the ground and to consider possible measures that would allow fishing to continue so that this important source of food would contribute to keeping food on the tables of our citizens, keeping those working in the sector in their jobs and sustaining, where possible, economic activity within the sector. The measures examined included finding additional means to bring Irish whitefish to the Irish market and the potential to use temporary storage of fish.

Minister Creed wrote to Commissioner Sinkevičius on 16 March seeking changes in EU regulation that would support the sector during this crisis. The EU Commission has been considering this.   Minister Creed held a tele-conference with Commissioner Sinkevičius on 24 March outlining the difficulties experienced by the Irish fishing industry and the need for EU support. He also reiterated the importance of maintaining EU food supply chains at all times.

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