Ireland Bans the Long Trawlers within Six Miles of Coasts
The Irish government will prohibit trawlers larger than 18 meters within six nautical miles of coastline, for harvesting activity of smaller vessels.
Michael Creed, Irish minister of agriculture, food and the marine, announced the ban which will take effect until January 2020 by aiming at reducing the impact of larger vessels.
Alex Crowley, from the National Inshore Fisherman’s Association, said "Intensive trawling near the coast is a major issue for us. During bad weather the smaller boats can’t get out, while the larger trawlers continue to operate near the coast. By the time they are finished trawling there is very little left for the smaller fishermen."