Shellfish catches devastated by Ophelia – Fishermen appeal for financial assistance

Fishermen dealing in crab, lobster, and shrimp have appealed for financial assistance. They claim their autumn and winter catch prospects have been devastated by Hurricane Ophelia. Fishing vessels licensed to catch crab and shrimp, from Courtmacsherry to Baltimore, in West Cork, and also up along the Wild Atlantic Way and in the south-east, suffered huge damage to their gear, specifically the pots dropped out at sea for extended periods. Colin Cashman, a 44-year-old fishing out of Courtmacsherry, said the hurricane caused €20,000 of damage to his pots and curtailed his ability to continue fishing up to the end of the regular season, ahead of Christmas: “I have never seen anything like it, as long as I’m going.” click here to read the story 11:37