Calls for electric pluse fishing to be banned

There are calls for electric pulse fishing to be banned on Irish coastal waters.

The practice was first prohibited in EU waters in 1998 but a system of derogation have allowed the practice to continue against scientific and environmental advice since 2006.

The system involves dragging an electrified net across the sea floor, or sending electric signals to stun and startle fish and other sea life before scooping them up in nets.

Speaking following the conclusion of negotiations on the controversial practice Midlands North West MEP Matt Carty says there is no reason why Ireland should not immediately initiate a ban.