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Fishermen’s fury!

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Fishermen’s fury! thumbnailFisherman David Mulligan posing proudly at Portrush harbour with two lobsters caught off the Skerries last summer. CC04-86s

COUNCIL plans to double harbour and marina charges have come under fire from furious fishermen in Portrush and Portstewart who have vowed to fight them.
David Mulligan, Chairman of Portrush Commercial Fishermen's Association, said his members are "extremely concerned and upset" about the proposed fees and would "vehemently oppose" them.
However, in a statement to the Chronicle, a spokesperson for Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council stressed that no definite decsion has as yet been made and would be "informed by the consultation responses."
In correspondence to councillors, Mr Mullgian pointed out: "As we were the vehicle which carried the council into the grants scheme for advancement of the facilities at Portrush harbour, in relation to enhancing commercial fishing operations, we are naturally concerned when the mooring rates for our vessels has more than doubled this year.
“Previously we had a commercial rate, reflecting the fact that we were willing to share the facilities gained under European Fisheries funding with the other harbour users. As small vessels working hard to make a sustainable local fishery and supplying local outlets, we are hard-pushed from all fronts to keep our businesses going."
*Read the full story in this week's Chronicle

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