Cope says 2009 fish landing reduction should influence CFP reform talks

North West MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher says the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy must take into account new figures which show the state of the Irish fisheries sector.

He says in 2009, the total value of landings into Irish fishing ports declined by 14 million Euro, after in 2009, which is alarming, particularly as the numbers rose over the previous four years.

Predicting some tough negotiations ahead, Mr Gallagher says this will help strengthen Ireland's arguement that there's been a historic imbalance in the CFP,  and the Irish industry has suffered as a result...........