MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher has warmly welcomed the official announcement by the Killybegs Fishermen's Organisation (KFO) that they in conjunction with Norwegian firm Biomarine Science Technology have agreed to develop a new facility in Killybegs.

The proposed facility will have the capacity to process 50,000t of raw material, which to a large extent will include boarfish and other species such as blue whiting.

Mr Gallagher said today “I want to pay tribute to the KFO for attracting an international partner specialising in bio marine ingredients. This is a welcome jobs boost for Killybegs and the County of Donegal which will result in the creation of up to 50 jobs during the construction phase and a further 70 direct and indirect jobs when it goes into full production.”

He also stated “I was centrally involved in introducing legislation in the European Parliament in 2011, which facilitated the exploitation of the boar fishery by ensuring the use of the most appropriate fishing gear type. This has helped Ireland to secure 70% of the Total Allowable Catch for the entire fishery. I believe that it may not have been possible to establish such a facility, if not for the exceptionally high quota which Ireland secured.”

Speaking in advance of today's announcement in Killybegs, Mr Gallagher confirmed that if re-elected to the European Parliament on May 23rd, he hopes to serve once again on the Committee on Fisheries, if selected by his political group in the European Parliament.

 “My record of delivery and achievements as a Member of the Committee on Fisheries is second to none. I have worked extremely hard on behalf of the 12,000 people employed in the seafood sector in Ireland and the coastal and island communities dependent on fisheries.

I was a lead negotiator on the Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy securing vital amendments for Ireland. I was responsible for steering through legislation which opened up a closed area to fishing off the North West, I introduced tough trade sanctions to deter unsustainable fishing practices by third countries and I facilitated the exploitation of boar fish. I wish to continue to serve as a member of the Fisheries Committee, if re-elected and appointed by my political group,” he concluded.

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