The meeting will be held in Galway as part of four days of marine themed events such as the BIM National Seafood Conference and also Seafest.
Speaking after the announcement, Mr. Creed said “The BIM National Seafood Conference and Seafest both create awareness of our maritime heritage and celebrate our seas and all the opportunities that they provide. As part of that awareness, we must now also consider and plan for the Brexit negotiations and how our national sea fisheries interests will be best protected”.
The Minister followed up by saying he wants to build on the knowledge he has gained recently, “Following a very useful dialogue with a wide range of seafood stakeholders earlier this year in Dublin I want to build upon the insights gained. We need to be as fully informed as possible about the potential effects that could arise from Brexit. ”
Minister Creed will deliver the Discussion’s opening address to be followed by presentations by key European seafood industry leaders, including Niels Wichmann, Chair of the North Sea Advisory Council and Emiel Brouckaert, Chair of the North-Western Waters Advisory Councils.
A panel discussion is organised to follow the address, and will include representatives of Ireland’s fishing industry, and will focus on the potential issues arising from Brexit for fisheries.
This Brexit Discussion will take place on Thursday the 29th of June 2017 from 8.45am to 10.30am in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Lough Atalia Road, Galway.
Minister Creed continued by adding, “The seafood sector faces challenges from Brexit that are unique. We share a common resource that must be protected for the good of all.”
The Minister went onto explain that those threats were potential loss of access to fishing grounds in the UK zone and possible attempts by the UK to increase its current quota share at the expense of Ireland among others. On the topic Minister Creed said that “any changes to existing rights for the Irish and EU catching sector must and will be resisted strenuously.”
Minister Creed concluded by saying that “All of the events in Galway are about raising awareness of the resources and opportunities provided by our ocean wealth. Brexit is a potential threat to part of those opportunities for which we must be fully prepared.”