Answers sought over controversial tuna fishing off Donegal coast

 

A Donegal Deputy is demanding answers from the Marine Minister over ongoing concerns with fishing rights off the coast of Donegal and elsewhere.

It follows claims that a Japanese tuna fishing boat and other vessels traveled for two months to fish for bluefin tuna in the North Atlantic on the edge of the Irish fishing zone.

Irish trawlers under law must catch and release bluefin tuna for scientific purposes.

It's thought that the valuable fish could be worth millions each year to Irish fishing industry.

Deputy Padraig MacLochlainn says the current system is completely unjust to local communities: