McGrath Says New Kickstart Needed For Ardglass Harbour And Fishing Community
Assembly candidate Councillor Colin McGrath (SDLP) has welcomed the efforts of the local fishing industry stakeholders and the Northern Ireland Fisheries and Harbour Authority to work together and bring a fresh strategic approach to developing the harbour in Ardglass.
Councillor McGrath said: “Ardglass harbour has excellent potential. It could be the jewel in Northern Ireland’s fishing crown if it is given the chance. It is a 24/7 deep water harbour fully accessible to the local fishing fleet.
“Currently, the harbour is tired looking and many of the buildings are unused or under-ultilised. There must be an effort undertaken to bring new companies and organisations to these buildings to breathe business life into the area. The vessel berths themselves are virually filled up with over 30 fishing vessels.
“Underpinning the determination of these quotas with sound scientific advice on the fisheries is essential, and this needs always to be working well to give our fishermen the best deal possible. All too often industry chiefs are disappointed at poor quota allocations at the Brussels fisheries’ summit each December and sometimes this is due to poor science.