EU campaign to secure fishing rights for Islanders

Donegal's Island fishermen have accused the government, EU and fishing representative groups of not doing enough to protect what they see as their right to make a living from fishing.

In 2006 the government banned salmon fishing for boats of a certain size, most fishermen took up a buy out scheme to exit the industry but 20 off Donegal's coast have resisted.

They argue that it is a way of Island life and one of the few ways of making an income if based off the mainland.

Today fishing representatives as well as local and national political figures will meet in the Resource Centre on Aranmore at 3.30pm on the issue.

Campaign spokesperson Hugh Rodgers says they are want a fish quota derogation for islands: [podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/hugh10.mp3[/podcast]