NSFAS Chairman Paddy Keenan and PRO Damien O’Brien were back in Dublin today, this time to meet Nessa Childers MEP in the European Parliament office on Molesworth Street. Ms.Childers kindly agreed to meet with the NSFAS delegation to discuss the controversial proposals by the Irish government to develop the aquaculture industry around our coast despite overwhelming opposition. Various issues were discussed including the negative impact on existing employment levels in the angling tourism industry, which Inland Fisheries Ireland have recently stated supports up to 10,000 jobs with a value to the state of €750m. The negative impact to our environment and wild stocks as a result of increased industrialization of our pristine coastal environment was high on the agenda. We would like to thank Nessa for giving us the opportunity to meet with her today and look forward to working with her on this issue over the coming months.