Wexford fisherman gives away free monkfish after exceeding EU quota

Thursday 04 October 2012 22.16
The Saltees Quest had exceeded its quota for monkfish
The Saltees Quest had exceeded its quota for monkfish

Hundreds of people turned up in Kilmore Quay in Wexford this morning to avail of free monkfish that was being given away by a local fisherman.

Seamus O'Flaherty, who owns the Saltees Quest, gave away the fish rather than discard it at sea after the vessel exceeded its EU quota of monkfish.

The vessel's skipper, Jimmy Byrne, said he took the action to highlight a campaign by those who oppose the EU rule that requires over-quota fish to be thrown back in the sea.

Officers from the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority monitored the activity.