This consultation took place. It was important. The minister then issued a press release. To my knowledge, the minister says that all of the organizations present agree. In that statement, she does not say that she agrees with the legislation or that all fishing organizations now welcome the minister`s action on the basis of what is here. The main groups of people affected by this legislation and the boats registered in the Republic of Ireland are shellfish, crab and lobster fishermen. Other fishermen are involved, but it is mainly inshore fishermen of these categories who are affected. We are talking about people who, over the years, have invested throughout their lives in the creation, development and maintenance of their businesses with hard work and financial resources, time and commitment. They fear that their businesses and livelihoods will be destroyed by this legislation. I fully appreciate the reciprocal nature of the Neighbourhood Agreement.
Despite this, the Supreme Court ruled against the Neighbourhood Agreement, which sets a very clear and specific line on constitutional protection, which should be extended to natural resources within the 6-mile limit. Nevertheless, this legislation is now in place to effectively attack our Constitution and the protection mentioned in the Supreme Court decision. The North-South Agreement on reciprocal fishing rights within the zero-to-six-mile limit dates back to the 1960s. Photo: Alan Betson 87.The minister told us that, Although there are no „recent discussions“ with Ireland on maritime boundaries in the Loughs, there are „ongoing discussions“ on the management of aquaculture activities.239 Minister Creed stated that the management of aquaculture at Lough Foyle reflects „legal and judicial complexities“ within the jurisdiction of the Irish FTD.240 In July 2018 , Sir Alan Duncan, Minister of State for the FCO, responded to a written question on negotiating a management agreement for Lough Foyle: „Although the agreement has been in force for decades, it has never been properly incorporated into Irish legislation. In 2016, four bivalve shellfish fishermen from Wexford, Waterford, Donegal and Limerick complained that they were on the brink of financial ruin for dredging bivalve mollusc seeds in southern waters by vessels registered in Northern Ireland. The Supreme Court issued a ruling that effectively terminated the agreement. Gove also said his government was very interested in „cooperating with Ireland“ to „help resolve any legal issues related to the Neighbourhood Agreement.“